Determined to restore themselves as champions, the Patriots Basketball Club faced off national basketball champions Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to lift the 2017 playoffs championship trophy.
On Saturday before an exultant crowd at Petit Amahoro stadium, Patriots put the last dab of polish on a gilded season by surging to defeat REG Basketball club by a 3-1 in the best of five series.
REG started on a good note, winning the first game by 82-75 power, however, they could not maintain the momentum, which gave Patriots BBC the opportunity to bounce back in the second game to win by 83-77 points before sealing off the victory in the next three games, 64-54, and 56-52 respectively.
In a 4th game played on Saturday, Rwanda international Kami Kabange scored a game high 21 points for REG, but it was not enough to save the day for Jean Bahufite’s side.
Henry Mwinuk’es side was determined to win the playoffs having lost the national basketball title to REG.
Patriots upcoming youngsters SedarSagamba scored 18 points, Aristide Mugabe added another 10 points to a comprehensive 3-1 series success.
After the game, Patriots captain Mugabe told IGIHE that even though they lost the first game, it prompted them to work hard in the other games.
“We happy to win playoffs trophy for our fans because the year was going to end without winning any title."
Former champions Espoir claimed the third place at the expense of IPRC- Kigali.
Men’s team of the year: Aristide Mugabe (Patriots), Benjamin Mukengerwa (REG), DieudonneNdizeye (IPRC- Kigali), Olivier Shyaka (Espoir) and Kami Kabange.
In the women’s category, APR basketball club was crowned the champion after facing off IPRC-South to complete a 3-0 series victory in the best of three.
Women’s: Sandra Kantore (APR), Chloe Rothman (Ubumwe), Nicole Urwibutso (UR- Huye), Hope Butera (The Hoops Rwanda) and Charlotte Umugwaneza (APR).
Champions, both Patriots, and APR walked away from with trophy, gold medals and Rwf 500,000 each.