FIBA Africa Zone 5: Patriots face Betway Power in semi-finals

Rwanda’s Patriots Basketball Club have reached the semi-finals of this year’s FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships after defeating ABC of Tanzania 68-50 in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.
Patriots' captain Aristide Mugabe looks to pass the ball to a teammate during the quarter-final game against ABC of Tanzania on Thursday evening in Kampala. (Courtesy)
Patriots' captain Aristide Mugabe looks to pass the ball to a teammate during the quarter-final game against ABC of Tanzania on Thursday evening in Kampala. (Courtesy)

Today

BetwayPower   vs            Patriots                                7pm

 

City Oilers            vs            KPA                        9pm

 

Thursday results

 

Men

BetwayPower   84-44     Hawassa

City Oilers            98-52     Gondar

KPA                        92-60     Savio

Patriots                                68-50     ABC

Women

UCU                       88-50     APR

KCCA                     91-39     Don Bosco

KPA                        85-32     Horseed

Rwanda’s Patriots Basketball Club have reached the semi-finals of this year’s FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships after defeating ABC of Tanzania 68-50 in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.

Henry Mwinuka’s team are hoping to book a spot to the final when they meet Betway Power on Friday evening, starting at 7pm. Uganda’s Betway Powers  reached the round of last four after demolishing Hawasa City of Ethiopia, 84-44.

Title holders, City Oilers will face Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the other semi-final. Oilers defeated Gonder of Ethiopia 98-52 in the last eight round, while KPA overcame Savio of Tanzania 85-32.

Patriots dominated ABC from start to finish, claiming all four quarters; 16-11, 21-15, 20-14 and 11-10 respectively.

ABC’s Gabriel Cornelius Mgaza scored a game high 12 points while Kami Kabange (11), Walter Nkurunziza (11) and Lionnel Hakizimana (10) top scored for Patriots in that order.

Looking ahead to today’s semi-final clash with the home team, Mwinuke said: “Power are a big team, they are playing at home, so we have to be well prepared.”

Patriots made their debut in the annual tournament last year in Dar-s-Salaam, Tanzania, where they were knocked by Kenya’s Ulinzi in semi-finals. This time, they have set an ambitious target of returning home with the title.

Meanwhile, APR Women basketball club suffered yet another defeat, 85-50, at hands of Uganda Christian University (UCU) to register their fourth loss out of 5 games played. The Rwanda side will have a rest day today and return to action on Sunday with their final game against Horseed of Somalia.

The competition also doubles as qualifiers for the FIBA Africa Club Championships set for December in Morocco. Only the champions in both genders will represent the region at the continental showpiece.

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