Champions REG and APR Basketball Clubs lifted the 2018 International Genocide Memorial Tournament honors in men and women’s categories on Sunday night at Petit Stade Remera.
In the men’s category, REG BBC defeated arch rivals Patriots 73-67 in the final played at a fully packed Petit Stadium. The victory was a double for Coach Cyrille Kalima’s side who last week had won the local edition of the Genocide Memorial Tournament.
The final encounter between REG and Patriots was more of a revenge affair for REG BBC who lost the league title to rivals Patriots three weeks ago.
Thanks to skilled player Kami Kabange who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award following excellent performances that saw him hit 17 points, REG won the first two quarters 24-20 and 15-12 to go into half time with a 39-32 lead.
Patriots responded in the second half to win the third quarter 14-4 before both sides headed into a decisive quarter in which Patriots led 46-43.
REG held onto their excellent skills and experience to win the last quarter and inspire the 2017 champions to a 30-21 final quarter victory, thanks to pivotal roles played by Kabange, Kaje, Olivier Shyaka, Benjamin Mukengerwa and skipper Ali Kubwimana.
Patriots’ best player was shooting guard Steven Hagumintwari who hit 16 points.
With a six-point victory, the International Genocide Memorial Tournament sealed a treble for REG following the National Heroes Day title won in February and the GMT local edition a week ago.
In the women’s category, APR women BBC edged IPRC-South 63-61 (14-13, 16-18, 14-21 and 19-9) to lift the title with point-guard Sandra Kantore scoring 22 points.
Rwanda international Kabange went home with the MVP award in the men category, APR’s Burundian guard Kantore snatched the award in the women’s category, while Espoir’s Aime Nkusi Kharim scooped the accolade in the veterans’ competition with each category winner pocketing RWf. 1m in prize money.
Espoir Veterans BBC won the veterans tourney following a 69-63 victory over DR Congo’s Goma Basketball Club.
Sunday – finals
Patriots BBC 67-73 REG BBC
APR BBC 63-61 IPRC-South BBC
Espoir BBC 69-63 VCGB (DR Congo)
MVP Men: Kami Kabange (REG)
MVP Women: Sandra Kantore (APR)
MVP Veterans: Aime Nkusi Karim (Espoir)