Pulse Sports Team 19:33 - 01.06.2024

Petro de Luanda Becomes First Sub-Saharan African Team to Win BAL Finals - - Libya’s Al Ahly Ly Forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. Named 2024 BAL Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year -

KIGALI, RWANDA, June 1, 2024 – Angola’s Petro de Luanda today defeated Libya’s Al Ahly Ly 107-94 to win the 2024 Basketball Africa League (BAL) Championship, which took place at BK Arena  in Kigali, Rwanda and reached fans in 214 countries and territories in 17 languages. Petro de Luanda,  the 2022 BAL runner-up and one of two teams to have participated in all four BAL seasons, is the first  sub-Saharan African team to win the BAL Finals after previous champions from Egypt and Tunisia. 

Following the game, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall and President of FIBA Africa Anibal Manave  presented Petro de Luanda with the BAL Championship Trophy and Al Ahly Ly forward Jo Lual-Acuil  Jr. with The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy for winning the 2024 BAL Most Valuable Player Award and  The Dikembe Mutombo Trophy for winning 2024 BAL Defensive Player of the Year.  

Petro de Luanda went 5-2 during the Kalahari Conference group phase in Pretoria, South Africa, and the  Playoffs, defeating Senegal’s AS Douanes and South Africa’s Cape Town Tigers in the quarterfinals and  semifinals, respectively, to advance to the Finals. Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers defeated the Cape Town  Tigers 80-57 in the third-place game yesterday. 

Lual-Acuil Jr. is also the 2024 BAL Scoring Champion and was named to the 2024 All-BAL First Team and All-BAL Defensive Team after leading Al Ahly Ly to a 5-4 record during the Nile Conference group phase in Cairo, Egypt, and the Playoffs, recording per game averages of 21.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. 

Several former NBA players attended games throughout the 2024 BAL Playoffs and Finals, including  BAL Ambassadors and NBA Africa investors Luol Deng (South Sudan), Ian Mahinmi (France; ties to  Benin) and Joakim Noah (grandfather from Cameroon); 2015 NBA champion Festus Ezeli (Nigeria),  and New York Knicks President of G League Operations Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Ghana). 

The BAL has also announced the 2024 Coach of the Year, Sportsmanship Award winner, All-BAL First  Team, All-BAL Defensive Team, and Ubuntu Award winner. The voting panels varied for each award  and were comprised of fans, coaches, team captains, media, broadcasters, and scouts.

2024 BAL Coach of the Year 

Rivers Hoopers head coach Odaudu Ogoh led his team to a third-place finish with a 6-3 record during the Sahara Conference group phase in Dakar, Senegal, and the Playoffs. 

2024 BAL Sportsmanship Award 

Rivers Hoopers point guard Will Perry received The Manute Bol Trophy for exemplifying the ideals of  sportsmanship and camaraderie. Perry was also named to the 2024 All-BAL First Team. 

2024 All-BAL First Team 

Point Guard: Will Perry (Rivers Hooper)

Guard: Samkelo Cele (Cape Town Tigers)

Guard: Chris Crawford (US Monastir)

Forward: Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (Al Ahly Ly)

Forward / Center: Aliou Diarra (FUS Rabat Basketball)

2024 All-BAL Defensive Team 

Point Guard: Souleyman Diabate (Al Ahly Ly)

Guard: Samkelo Cele (Cape Town Tigers)

Guard: Abdoulaye Harouna (AS Douanes)

Forward: Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (Al Ahly Ly)

Forward / Center: Aliou Diarra (FUS Rabat Basketball)

2024 BAL Ubuntu Award

AS Douanes guard and team captain Alkaly Ndour won the 2024 BAL Ubuntu Award in recognition of  his ongoing efforts to use the game of basketball to positively impact the lives of youth in his native  Senegal. Ndour is the founder of “Kayelennioufo” (which translates to “Let’s have fun”), a basketball  tournament for nearly 250 amateur players in his home neighbourhood of Bopp in Dakar. Ndour was  presented with the 2024 BAL Ubuntu Trophy during an on-court ceremony on May 25 in conjunction  with Africa Day. 

About the BAL 

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation  (FIBA) and NBA Africa, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that tipped  off its fourth season in March 2024. Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the  foundation of club competitions FIBA Africa has organized across the continent and marks the NBA’s  first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. Fans can follow the BAL (@theBAL) on  Facebook, Instagram, Threads, X, and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more information  at 

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