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Basketball: Patriots, REG through to semis

Star guard Guibert Nijimbere, who is averaging a 56 field goal percentage, scored a game-high 19 points as Patriots dominated APR 76-61 on Tuesday to secure a ticket to Friday's semi-finals. /Courtesy photo

Wednesday

IPRC-Kigali Vs UGB 10:30
REG Vs IPRC-Musanze 13:00
Patriots Vs IPRC-Huye 15:30
Espoir Vs APR 18:00

Tuesday

 

Men     
Patriots 76-61APR    
UGB 60-64 REG

Women
IPRC Huye 84-64 Ubumwe
The Hoops 90-40 APR

Champions Patriots and hopefuls Rwanda Energy Group (REG) have secured their slots into the semi-finals of the 2019/20 BK Basketball National League with a game to spare after registering two victories in the group stage.

 

The two local giants play their final group games today, October 21, with REG facing IPRC Musanze at 1pm, while Patriots take on IPRC Huye at 3:30pm.

 

REG confirmed their last four ticket on Tuesday after overcoming United Generation for Basketball (UGB) in a narrow 64-60 win, having beaten IPRC Kigali 90-82 in their first game on Monday.

Dean Murray’s Patriots also advanced to the knockout stage following a 76-61 win over APR on Tuesday night. Star point guard Guibert Nijimbere, with 19 points, and centre Tom ‘Bush’ Wamutoka combined for 32 points in the victory.

In other games on Wednesday, IPRC Kigali will be looking for a crucial victory against UGB, starting at 10:30, to book a spot into the semi-finals, while two former champions Espoir and APR square-off at 6pm.

The best two in each group, in the men’s category, automatically secure tickets to Friday’s semi-finals. In the women’s league, IPRC Huye will face APR in semis, while the Hoops Rwanda will be up against Ubumwe in the other last four showdown.

In the round-robin group stage, favourites IPRC Huye finished top after convincingly winning all their games, followed by the Hoops Rwanda who won two and lost once.

Ubumwe lost twice and registered one win while reigning champions APR lost all their three games.

editor@newtimesrwanda.com

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