US Monastir wins the second edition of the Basketball Africa League

KIGALI (Rwanda) – US Monastir of Tunisia won the second edition of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) on Saturday after beating Petro de Luanda of Angola 83-72.

Thousands of fans flocked to the BK Arena in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to see US Monastir claim their first continental trophy after several attempts.

Last year, the Monastir-based club finished runners-up in the inaugural BAL after losing to Egyptian side Zamalek.

Monastir last finished on the podium in a major continental competition in 2017 when they finished third in the FIBA ​​Africa Champions Cup held in Radès, on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital Tunis.

Michael Dixon takes on Gerson Gonçalves Lukeny

In the first-ever encounter between US Monastir and Petro de Luanda, the Tunisian champions fought back from a nine-point third-quarter deficit to deprive the Angolan champions of their third continental trophy. Petro won two African Champions Cups in 2006 and 2015.

Before US Monastir’s triumph on Friday, Zamalek beat Cameroon’s Armed Forces and Police (FAP) 97-74 to finish third.

The BAL 2022 quarter-finals were made up of the top four teams from the Sahara and Nile Conference.

Hosts Rwanda Energy Group (REG), AS Sale of Morocco, Cape Town Tigers of South Africa and Seydou Athletique Club (SLAC) of Guinea all saw their BAL 2022 aspirations end in the quarter-finals .

Anas Mahmoud (left) seen here in action against FAP in the third place match

FAP made history by becoming the first team in FIBA’s Road to BAL Qualifiers to reach the semi-finals. The other three semi-finalists automatically qualified for the regular BAL reason.

Jose Neto de Petro was voted BAL Head Coach of the Year.

The American goalkeeper of Monastir, Michael Dixon, has been voted the most valuable player of the BAL 2022.

The BAL 2022 All-First Team included Terrel Stoglin (AS Sale), Carlos Morais (Petro de Luanda), Edgar Sosa (Zamalek), Radhouane Slimane and Ater Majok from US Monastir.

Ater James Majok receives 2022 BAL Defensive Player of the Year from NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo

The 2.11m (6ft 11in) center Majok was awarded the 2022 Dikembe Mutombo Defensive Player of the Year.

The All-BAL 2022 defensive team consisted of Childe Dundao and Abou Gakou (Petro de Luanda), Jean Jacques Nshobozwabyosenumukiza (REG), Brice Bidias (FAP) and Ater Majok.

Egyptian international player Anas Mahmoud from Zamalek has won the BAL Sportsmanship award.

Among the fans inside the BK Arena were FIBA ​​President Hamane Niang, FIBA ​​Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and NBA Assistant Commissioner Mark Tatum.

Speaking to the media, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall noted that “BAL provides a platform for talented young players to stay at home and play for their clubs. The fact that we have demanded “To have two players under 22 in each team is a signal that we want to focus on identifying and showcasing African talent. We also want to attract global talent. It’s happening here in Africa.”

Fall went on to say, “We’re always looking to improve and keep innovating. We’re going back to the drawing board, looking at everything that’s happened this season, and at the end of it we’ll come up with a plan. We seek to grow over time to become one of the best professional basketball leagues in the world.”

FIBA Africa President and BAL Board Chairman Anibal Manave said:This year’s BAL was more like what we were trying to achieve. We organized matches in three countries, which is a positive sign. Overall, it was a successful season. The group stage, with the 12 teams divided into two conferences of six teams each, was very competitive. It’s good to see that clubs and national federations embrace the goal of the BAL.”

“BAL is more than a competition between African clubs. It is a global project. We are training coaches, referees and club administrators to improve BAL.”

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About BL
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. The BAL, headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, builds on the foundations of the interclub competitions that FIBA ​​Africa Regional Office has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America. Fans can follow BAL @theBAL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more information at www.bal.nba.com.

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