- REG 81-69 Espoir
Men’s 3rd place
- Patriots 65-56 IPRC-South
- UGB (Rwa) 58-71 VC Bakolo (DRC)
- Berco Stars (Bdi) 58-72 APR
Women’s 3rd place
- IPRC-South 33-44 Scandinavia (DRC)
Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and APR Women Basketball Club were on Sunday crowned the champions of the 2017 Genocide Memorial Tournament, regional edition.
The annual tournament is organized by the Rwanda Basketball Federation in a bid to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The event, which tipped off June 9, attracted sixteen teams with eight of these coming from beyond the boarders.
The men’s final game pitted newly established REG and Espoir. Kami Kabange and his team mates rallied on to lift the cup.
The two sides had faced off in the final of the local edition a week ago with the latter claiming the title.
Having lost the local edition to Espoir, Jean Bahufite’s REG got the last laugh clinching their first piece of competitive silverware since inception.
Kabange contributed 20 points en-route to being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Prior to clinching this cup, REG had lost in two finals including the pre-season tourney at the hands of Patriots and last weekend against Espoir.
Olivier Shyaka scored a game high 22 points while his teammate Pascal Niyonkuru dropped 18 points but it was not enough to guide their team to victory.
REG dethroned Patriots, who had won last season’s title.
In the third-place playoff, Henry Mwinuka’s Patriots defeated IPRC-South 65-56 to claim bronze medal.
In the women’s category, APR defeated Berco Stars 72-58 to sealed a double The reigning league champions had won the local edition earlier.
Scandinavia from DR Congo defeated IPRC-South 44-33 in the third-place playoff.
APR point guard, Sandra Kantore was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The veterans’ category, VC Bakolo from DR Congo defeated UGB from Rwanda 71-58 to walk away with the trophy.