Patriots begin FIBA-African Zone 5 title bid with big win

RWANDA’s Patriots Basketball Club kicked off their quest for a first FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championship title by demolishing Hawusa City of Ethiopia 110-43 on Sunday.
Patriots' Kami Kabenga (with ball) is blocked by a Hawusa players during the first half at Lugogo Indoor Arena on Sunday. Patriots won the game 110-43. Courtesy.
Patriots' Kami Kabenga (with ball) is blocked by a Hawusa players during the first half at Lugogo Indoor Arena on Sunday. Patriots won the game 110-43. Courtesy.

Today: Men
ABC (Tz) Vs KPA (Ken) 8am
Patriots Vs Savio (Tz) 12pm
City Oilers (Ug) vs Hawasa City (Eth) 6pm
Betway Power (Ug) Vs Gondar City (Eth) 8pm

Women
APR Vs Don Bosco (Tz) 10am
KCCA (Ug) Vs Equity (Ken) 2pm
UCU (Ug) Vs KPA (Ken) 4pm

 

Sunday, selected results

 

Men: Group A
Hawusa 43-110 Patriots

 

Women
KCCA 57-45 APR

RWANDA’s Patriots Basketball Club kicked off their quest for a first FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championship title by demolishing Hawusa City of Ethiopia 110-43 on Sunday.

The week-long tournament started on Sunday and will run until October 7 at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.

However, Rwanda’s representative in the women’s category, APR, lost the opener, 45-57 at the hands of the favourites Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). Charles Mbazumutima’s team returns to action Monday morning, when they face Don Bosco of Tanzania.

Making their third appearance in a row at the East Africa’s flagship tournament, Patriots played the game with high energy and Hawasa City were no-march for Henry Mwinuke’s side that led 50-28 at half time before sealing a thumping victory with a 60-15 win the second half.

The 2016 Rwandan national league champions face Savio from Tanzania in the second game in Monday, starting at 12pm. In the same group (A), title holders City Oilers of Uganda, will take on Hawasa City at 6pm.

The tournament has attracted 15 teams; eight in men and seven in the women’s category, coming from six countries namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda and hosts Uganda. Egypt and Burundi did not send any representatives.

The men’s teams have been drawn in two groups of 4 teams each. Group A includes; defending champions City Oilers of Uganda, Rwanda’s Patriots, Savio (Tanzania) and Ethiopia’s Hawasa City, while Group B comprises Betway Power (Uganda), KPA (Kenya), ABC from Tanzania and Gonder City of Ethiopia.

The seven women’s teams will play against each other on a round-robin basis. The female teams in the competition are APR (Rwanda), Don Bosco (Tanzania), Horseed (Somalia), UCU and KCCA of Uganda and as well as Equity and KPA of Kenya.

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