Espoir pitted against Patriots in preseason tournament

Patriots shooting guard Lionel Hakizimana will be hoping to have a stellar 2018-19 season after missing most of last season with a long injury lay-off. File photo.

ESPOIR Basketball Club have been placed in Group A along with league champions Patriots and IPRC-South in the upcoming preseason tournament – slated for November 9-18.

The Nyamirambo-based side and Henry Mwinuke’s Patriots will be meeting for a second time in two weeks after the latter overcame Espoir 86-84 to lift the inaugural Legacy Basketball Tournament’s title at Amahoro Indoor Stadium on October 28.


In the meantime, holders Rwanda Energy Group (REG) have been drawn in Group B against former champions APR, United Generation Basketball (UGB) and IPRC- Kigali.


While seven teams have registered for the season’s curtain-raiser, only four have confirmed their participation in women’s fray and will all face each other in a round-robin format.


The four female teams include; holders IPRC- South, APR, The Hoops Rwanda, and Ubumwe.

REG won the men’s title last year after beating IPRC- Kigali 76-71 in the final.


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