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Tunisia’s US Monastir Crowned 2022 Basketball Africa League Champions

US Monastir Guard Michael Dixon Named Hakeem Olajuwon BAL Most Valuable Player.

KIGALI, Rwanda, May 29, 2022/ — Tunisia’s US Monastir defeated Angola’s Petro de Luanda 83-72 to win the 2022 Basketball Africa League (BAL) (www.theBAL.com) Finals, which took place at BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda and was broadcast to fans in 215 countries and territories. 

Following the game, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall presented US Monastir with the BAL Finals Trophy and US Monastir guard Michael Dixon with the Hakeem Olajuwon BAL Most Valuable Player award.  Dixon recorded per game averages of 16.5 points and 4.1 assists and a team-high 21.3 points per game during the Playoffs.

2022 BAL Champion US Monastir went 7-1 during the Sahara Conference group phase and Playoffs, defeating South Africa’s Cape Town Tigers and Egypt’s Zamalek in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, to advance to the Finals.  Zamalek defeated Cameroon’s F.A.P 97-74 in the third-place game yesterday.

NBA Global Ambassador and NBA Africa investor Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), BAL Global Ambassador and NBA Africa investor Luol Deng (South Sudan), NBA Africa investors Joakim Noah (U.S.; ties to Cameroon) and Ian Mahinmi (France; ties to Benin), Olumide Oyedeji (Nigeria) and Charles Smith (U.S.) were among the former NBA players who attended games throughout the Playoffs.

Following the third-place game, the league announced several end-of-season awards, some of which honor pioneering African NBA legends:

2022 BAL Coach of the Year

José Neto (Petro de Luanda) led his team to a 4-1 record in the Nile Conference before defeating Morocco’s AS Salé and Cameroon’s F.A.P to advance to the Finals.

2022 Dikembe Mutombo BAL Defensive Player of the Year

Ater James Majok (US Monastir) helped lead his team to a 7-1 record and the championship after recording per game averages of 11 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 13.6 points.

2022 Manute Bol BAL Sportsmanship Award

Anas Mahmoud (Zamalek), who last year won the Dikembe Mutombo BAL Defensive Player of the Year following Zamalek’s win in the inaugural BAL Finals, received the Manute Bol BAL Sportsmanship Award for exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

2022 BAL Scoring Champion

Terrel Stoglin (AS Salé) averaged a league-high 30.8 points over the course of the 2022 BAL season (minimum six games).

2022 All-BAL First Team

Position
 
Player
 
Team
 
Guard
 
Edgar Sosa
 
Zamalek
 
Guard
 
Carlos Morais
 
Petro de Luanda
 
Guard/Forward
 
Terrel Stoglin
 
AS Salé
 
Forward
 
Radhouane Slimane
 
US Monastir
 
Forward/Center
 
Ater James Majok
 
US Monastir
 

2022 All-BAL Defensive Team

Position
 
Player
 
Team
 
Guard
 
Childe Dundão
 
Petro de Luanda
 
Guard
 
Jean Jacques Nshoboswa
 
REG
 
Guard/Forward
 
Brice Bidias
 
FAP
 
Forward
 
Aboubakar Gakou
 
Petro de Luanda
 
Forward/Center
 
Ater James Majok
 
US Monastir
 

The voting panels were comprised of coaches, team captains, sportswriters, broadcasters and NBA team scouts in attendance and varied by each award category.  The 2022 Ubuntu Award, which is awarded to an individual or organization that has made an impact on the local community during the BAL season, will be announced at a later date.

The 2022 BAL season once again featured the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries and expanded to a total of 38 games that took place in three cities over three months: Dakar, Senegal (March 5-15), Cairo, Egypt (April 9-19) and Kigali, Rwanda (May 21-28).  The single-elimination BAL Playoffs in Kigali featured the top eight teams from the group phases hosted in Dakar and Cairo.

National champions from Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation in the 2022 BAL season by winning their respective national leagues.  The remaining six teams, which came from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, South Africa and South Sudan, secured their participation through the Road to BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent from October to December 2021.

2022 BAL Champion Photos: https://bit.ly/3MY4PWN(Credit: BAL/Getty Images)  

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