09 February 2015

RWANDA : IPRC-South ink impressive hoops league debut

IPRC- South 82-64 UR- CASS
IPRC- South 48-51 UR- CASS
Newcomers, IPRC-South men’s team started in the national basketball league with a home 82-64 win over neighbours University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) on Saturday.
Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center- Southern Province (IPRC-South) came from 36-25 half-time deficit to beat UR- CASS 82-64. UR-CASS won first quarter 17-14 and the second 19-11 but the debutants recovered to take the third and fourth quarters 21-17 and 36-10 respectively.
IPRC-South’s Bienvenue Niyonsaba scored the game high 28 points while teammates Yesman Bushiri and Herves Ikishatse added 22 and 18 points respectively to help their team off to a winning debut.
Speaking to Times Sport after the game, IPRC-South coach Didier Bineza praised his players and challenged them to get ready for a long campaign.
“Congratulations to my players, they did exactly what I told them to do. However, we have to stay focused and take one game at a time,” he said.
In women’s league opening match, IPRC-South lost 51-48 to UR- CASS. In the meantime, Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP), who finished second last season have pulled out of the league due to financial constraints.

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