Friday, August 25 REG Vs Espoir 7pm Patriots Vs APR 9pm After suffering defeat at the hands of APR in game one of the semifinals of the playoffs, Patriots Basketball Club are hoping to bounce back in game two to boost their chances of making it to the finals. The encounter between the two former champions gets underway at 9pm, at BK Arena. ALSO READ: Playoffs: APR assistant coach calls for consistency after Game 1 win This year's semi-finals are being played in a best of five series. On Wednesday, August 23, the Patriots lost their first match against APR 59-69, a development that arguably put them in a desperate position to win the second match. In an interview with Times Sport, Patriots' experienced small forward, Dieudonné Ndizeye, said they are ready to fight for victory in the second game. We lost the first game, but we are ready to play as much as we can today to win the second game to stay in line to qualify for the finals and it is possible, he said. We want to win the championship but we have to win all the remaining games even though it is difficult but we have to compete, he added. ALSO READ:PHOTOS: Playoffs: Nshobozwa posts 20 points as APR beat Patriots in Game 1 The Patriots will be without American point guard Michael Dixon who suffered a knee injury during the regular season. In another semifinal game, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) will play against Espoir in game 2 of the best of five series. REG won the first game on Wednesday, August 23. Teams that make it out of the semifinal phase will play a best of seven finals with a ticket to represent Rwanda at the Basketball Africa League (BAL) up for grabs for the champion.