Zamalek claim inaugural BAL title

Zamalek claim inaugural BAL title
Zamalek celebrate their BAL win/Photo/KT Press

Zamalek players stepped on the court ready to upset the Tunisian side but the Tunisians finished the first quarter leading 22-17.


Egyptian side Zamalek clinched the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) title with an 76 - 63 win over Tunisia's US Monastir in the final played in Kigali on Sunday 30 May 2021.

Monastir had on Saturday defeated the Rwandan champions 87-46 to set up the final clash against Zamalek who outscored Petro de Luanda 89-71 in the other semifinal.

Zamalek players stepped on the court ready to upset the Tunisian side but the Tunisians finished the first quarter leading 22-17.

The Egyptians never looked back after the first quarter and went on to dominate the second quarter and close the gap in the score. Zamalek’s efforts paid off as they finished the first half leading 44-42.

Zamalek players kept their amazing performance in the third quarter and they were able to extend the gap in the score to four points.

In the fourth quarter, Walter Hodge was on fire in the fourth quarter, as he controlled the tempo of Zamalek’s offensive play and scored several 3-pointers.

The White Knights upped their pressure on their Tunisian opponents to win the game with 14-point lead.

After the game, Hodge was named the MVP of the tournament, which is named after NBA icon, Hakeem Olajuwon.