Sunday, May 30
3rd place: Petro de Luanda (Angola) 97-68 Patriots (Rwanda)
Final: US Monastir (Tunisia) 63-76 Zamalek (Egypt)
Zamalek were on Sunday night crowned champions of Africa after a 76-63 win against US Monastir at the Inaugural Basketball Africa League at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.
The Egyptian giants win the tourney unbeaten – They topped Group C with wins over Ferroviario de Maputo, GSP and AS Douanes. They eliminated FAP and Maputo in the quarter and semis respectively.
This, is their second title on the continent having won the 1992 FIBA Africa Champions Cup.
In the Sunday epic final, Zamalek trailed 22-17 after the first quarter but erased the deficit and took a two-point advantage at halftime.
It remained a close contest, 55-51 at the third quarter before the side broke away to finish the last quarter on top.
Michael Olayinka Faku scored a game high 15 points for Zamalek while Mohamed Yasser Abdallah and Souleymane Mouloukou added 14 each for the champions.
Ben Makram and Marcus Christopher had 14 each in losing effort for the Tunisian side.
To Note – The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. The BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.