B-ball playoffs: Patriots urged to remain focused ahead of must-win Game 5

Patriots head coach Henry Mwinuke gives instructions to his players during the playoff game against REG last week. Sam Ngendahimana.

HENRY Mwinuke, the head coach of Patriots basketball club, has urged his players to stay focused and consider Game 5 of the playoffs finals as a do-or-die clash as they seek to retain the title come August 10.

Holders Patriots overcame archrivals REG 74-71 in Game 4 of the best-of-five finals on Friday to level the series to 2-2 following Game 3 defeat last Thursday.

Rwanda Energy Group, (REG) won Game 3 in a 57-54 narrow victory.

“We want to play the last game as if our lives depend on it, my players must be up to the task and give it 100%. Despite winning Game 4, I don’t think we played our best basketball – we can do better and that is what I expect in Game 5,” the Tanzania-born coach told Times Sport yesterday.

“We are going to prepare rigorously and tackle the mental aspect of the game, we won’t be taking any chances,” he further added.

In a separate interview, his REG counterpart Patrick Ngwijuruvugo regretted their Game 4 defeat but insisted his side will fight with all they got to win the title – the only title on domestic scene they are yet to win since the club’s formation three years ago.

The title-deciding Game 5 fixtures in both categories – men and women – will be played on Friday at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

In the women’s fray, holders APR will be tussling it out with hopefuls IPRC- South for the crown.

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