Al Ahly are the 2023 BAL champions!
Egyptian team Al Ahly emerged victorious in the Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2023 after the final against AS Douanes. The game took place at the BK Arena and concluded with a final score of 80-65 in favor of Al Ahly.
The first half of the match witnessed low scoring, with Al Ahly heading to the locker room with a narrow 38-33 lead. However, in the third quarter, Al Ahly delivered a devastating blow as Corey Webster and Ehab Amin scored two three-pointers, establishing a commanding 57-44 lead that AS Douanes couldn't overcome.
Nuni Omot, a key player for Al Ahly, led his team to victory with an impressive top score of 22 points. He was honored with the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the BAL 2023, adding to his earlier achievement of leading South Sudan to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
With this win, Al Ahly becomes the second Egyptian team to collect the BAL title since the tournament's inception. With the win Al Ahly earned the right to represent Africa at the next edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup.
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About the Basketball Africa League
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) is a professional basketball league that was launched in collaboration between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). It serves as a significant milestone in the development of basketball in Africa and provides a platform for the continent's top basketball talent to compete at the highest level.
The BAL features teams from various countries across Africa, representing the diversity and richness of basketball talent on the continent. This continental league not only showcases the skill and athleticism of African players but also promotes cultural exchange and unity among African nations.
Beyond the court, the BAL has a broader impact on the development of basketball in Africa. It provides opportunities for young players to dream big and aspire to professional careers in the sport. The league's success has inspired grassroots initiatives, infrastructure development, and basketball academies, fostering the growth of the sport at all levels across the continent.
Schelde Sports at the BAL
Since 2021, Schelde Sports has been supplying basketball backstops to the BAL. Schelde Sports has supplied nine SAM 325 PRO backstops during this time. These backstops are used in different arenas in various playing cities in Africa: The Dakar Arena (Dakar, Senegal), the Dr Hassan Moustafa Sports Hall (Cairo, Egypt) and the BK Arena (Kigali, Rwanda). Schelde Sport is very proud to contribute to this prestigious competition.