Espoir, APR lose first game in Zone V hoops tourney

Rwanda’s representatives at the 2014 Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships Espoir (men) and APR (women) lost their opening games on Day 1 on Monday in Mombasa, Kenya.

Monday

KCCA                   61-36     APR

City Oilers           64-58     Espoir

Rwanda’s representatives at the 2014 Fiba/Africa Zone V Club Championships Espoir (men) and APR (women) lost their opening games on Day 1 on Monday in Mombasa, Kenya.

Espoir Basketball Club were stunned 64-58 by Ugandan champions City Oilers on Monday evening, just hours after APR lost to their Ugandan counterparts KCCA 36-61.

In the opening game of the regional tournament, KCCA dominated the match and took a 14-0 lead after just seven minutes of the first quarter, which they went on to win 16-6.

The Ugandan champions also dominated the next three quarters; 11-10, 18-05 and 19-15, respectively.

APR now need to win two remaining group matches – against KPA of Kenya and Government House of Ethiopia – if they are to make it out of group stages.

In the men’s category, Espoir, who lost to Burundi’s side Urunani 65-56 in last year’s final in Bujumbura, had no answer to their Ugandan opponents; City Oilers, a side looking to win their first regional title.

Espoir won Zone V title in 2012 after beating Urunani 90-39 in the final when the tournament was held in Kampala, Uganda.

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