Espoir retain play-offs title

Espoir basketball club beat rivals Cercle Sportif de Kigali 85-54 in Game Four to win the play-offs crown for the third season in a row on Saturday evening at Amahoro indoor stadium.
Espoir’s Aristide Mugabe, left, dribbles past CSK’s Patrick Buzangu during Game Four of the playoffs final played yesterday at Amahoro indoor stadium. (R. Bishumba)
Espoir’s Aristide Mugabe, left, dribbles past CSK’s Patrick Buzangu during Game Four of the playoffs final played yesterday at Amahoro indoor stadium. (R. Bishumba)

Saturday

Game Four
Espoir 85-54 CSK

Espoir basketball club beat rivals Cercle Sportif de Kigali 85-54 in Game Four to win the play-offs crown for the third season in a row on Saturday evening at Amahoro indoor stadium.

In-front of a sparse crowd, defending champions Espoir dominated the game in what was expected to be a nail-biting clash, winning all four quarters; 35-17, 19-13, 16-11 and 25-13 respectively.

Former national U-18 team captain Pascal Karekezi and Congolese-born powerful forward Bienvenue Ngandu of Espoir each scored 18 points for Jean Bahufite’s champions, while CSK’s Buzangu brothers Mike and Patrick scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

Nyamirambo-based Espoir won the best of five final series 3-1 having taken Games 1 and 2 but lost Game 3 two weeks ago. The playoffs title completes another double for Espoir following success in the regular season league.

Talking to Sunday Sport in a post-match interview, Espoir captain Aristide Mugabe hailed his teammates for their efforts and sacrifice throughout the season.

He said: “We are happy for another milestone tonight; we dedicate this to our fans. Thanks to my teammates, coaching staff and club management.”

Ubumwe BC won the women’s regular league and playoffs titles to end APR’s dominance.

 

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