Defending league champions REG Basketball Club started the FERWABA national basketball league 2017-18 campaign with a win over APR BBC who are considered a challenger to the title. REG beat APR 68-64.
REG BBC played 2011 champions APR BBC after two weeks having scooped the FERWABA Preseason Tournament 2017 as they [REG] defeated IPRC Kigali 74-71.
In an intense game played at Amahoro indoor stadium on Friday December 8, 2017, REG dominated the first quarter as they finished it having 18 to 14 in favor of youthful APR who came onto the field in the second quarter more determined and won it by 23 to 16 of REG who won the third as they defeated their opponents by 24 to 15.
The fourth quarter was won by APR’s men who scored 12 points to REG’s 10.
However the average points of the whole game were not in favour of the military side as it ended REG having 68 while APR BBC had only scored 64.
APR’s Ally Ruzigande was top scorer of the game having collected 21 points himself while he was followed by Ally Kubwimana and Brian Mbanze of REG who scored 19 and 18 points respectively.
Speaking to the media after the clash, APR’s coach Kalim Aime Nkusi said that his team lost due to his players personal mistakes of overconfidence.
He said: “What I can say is that we lost the game due to my players who had over confidence. They wanted shoot from far whereas I had instructed them to penetrate and make the opponent make fouls. However we are not giving up. We will keep working hard to win the following games”.
“Losing to a big team like REG on only a four points difference is not too bad. There are return games, we B prepare ourselves to beat them”, he added.
Cyrille Kalima whose side triumphed to get the two game points said his side beat APR FC only due to experience they have than them.
“APR are very good side, you also can see that yourselves, they are young and very quick”, he said adding that, “We only beat them because we have more experienced players than them”.
“Our players know to behave and react in the last minutes of the game to never lose concentration, that was only our strength over them”.
In other match day two games, Patriots BBC, champions in 2016 prevailed over Nyamirambo based Espoir BBC by 82-69 with Espoir BBC’s Pascal Niyonkuru being the top scorer of the match with 22 points marked.
He was followed by Sedar Sagamba and Steven Hagumintwari of Patriots who scored 19 and 17 points respectively.
Today, Saturday December 09th, 2017, IPRC South Basketball club will host Rusizi Basketball Club in IPRC South playground while IPRC Kigali face off UGB at Amahoro stadium indoor in Remera.