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Foreign Sides Win Regional FIBA Africa Zone 5 Basketball Finals

Rwanda’s Espoir and Eagles Wings (Kenya) are the new regional FIBA Africa Zone 5 Basketball Champions.
Rwanda’s Espoir and Eagles Wings (Kenya) are the new regional FIBA Africa Zone 5 Basketball Champions.

Espoir was in good form beating defending champions Urunani (Burundi) 90-39 in a one sided men’s final played at the Lugugo Indoor Stadium yesterday. The defending champions who had managed a win over the same Rwanda team in the preliminary stage this time round failed to get their act together as Espoir run rings around them in all four quarters.

Aristide Mugabe poured in a game high 28 points for Espoir, while Jean Habineza had 24 and Kami Kabangu 17, while Urunani had no player with double figures.

In the women’s final, the defending Champions KPA were also brought down 77-54 by their sisters from Kenya. The Eagle Wings with a younger team showed prowess in shooting and quick set-plays to deny KPA retaining the title.

Ugandan men’s champions DMark Power fought had to win bronze after beating Kenya Commercial Bank 66-65 in the play-off. The Kenya’ side had beaten DMark Power in the group stage, but this time round Power was at their best.

Joseph Ikong picked 16 points, while Isaac Lugudde had 14 and KCB’s Ancetas Wafula 13. DMark Power’s Isaac Afidra was gracious in defeat admitting that the team was happy to at least win a bronze against the best in the region.

Another Ugandan side had to settle for bronze when KCCA Leopards humbled Uganda Christian University Lady Canons 62-55 in the play-off.

The week long tournament attracted top teams from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and hosts Uganda. The winning teams will represent Zone 5 in the Africa Cup of Nations. Justine Irung Kawang, the lead Commissioner for FIBA Africa the event had been very successful and added that the level of competition had improved.

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