Espoir upset Patriots in Heroes’ Day tourney

ESPOIR basketball club stunned pre-tournament favourites Patriots 67-58 in the opening game of this year’s Heroes’ Day basketball tournament on Saturday night at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.
Espoir's Regis Gatoto, scored a game high 19 points on Saturday.
Espoir's Regis Gatoto, scored a game high 19 points on Saturday.

Today: Women

APR                        67-57     Ubumwe

IPRC-South         78-45     U18 National Team

Men

Patriots                vs            IPRC-South 1pm

REG                        vs            APR        3pm

Saturday

Men

Espoir                    67-58     Patriots

APR                        52-61     IPRC-South

Women

The Hoops          46-61     APR

Ubumwe             66-84     IPRC-South

ESPOIR basketball club stunned pre-tournament favourites Patriots 67-58 in the opening game of this year’s Heroes’ Day basketball tournament on Saturday night at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

It was a second Espoir’s victory over one of the top teams in the local game following their 100-77 league win over reigning champions Rwanda Energy Group (REG) a fortnight ago.

The 2018 Heroes Day tourney started on Saturday and will run through to February 4. In another game, IPRC-South defeated APR 61-52.

Patriots started well the game but Espoir refused to give up, displaying a high level of maturity and determination to overturn a 24-34 half-time deficit to down hopefuls Patriots in a hard fought 67-58 win.

Regis Gatoto (19 points) and youngster Armel Sangwe (16 points) combined for a total 35 points for Maxime Mwineneza’s team while Kenyan-born Micheal Makiadi topped Patriots’ score-sheet with 17 points.

In the women’s category, last year’s finalists The Hoops Rwanda lost 46-61 to APR and holders Ubumwe were shocked by IPRC-South 64-84.

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