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Africa: Omot, Gueye Lead 2023 BAL Awards


The 2023 BAL season concluded on Saturday, May 27 with Al Ahly crowned champions after beating AS Douanes 80-65 in the final at BK Arena.

Besides the championship, a number of individuals walked away with top prizes to culminate a season that saw twelve clubs compete over 38 games across three African cities.

Omot wins MVP

Al Ahly’s Nuni Omot was named the 2023 BAL Most Valuable Player.

The South Sudanese forward highlighted the All-BAL First Team alongside AS Douanes’ Chris Crawford and Jean Jacques Boissy, Aliou Diarra (Stade Malien) and Dane Miller (SLAC).

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Omot led Al Ahly with a game-high of 22 points to help the Egyptian champions beat AS Douanes 80-65 in the 2023 BAL final.

He averaged 18.9 points in eight games.

Perry Wins Sportsmanship Award

William Perry, who set a record for most three-points made in a single game, during a 102-92 win over SLAC, received the Manute Bol Sportsmanship award.

Diarra Wins Defensive Player of the Year

Aliou Diarra, one of the top performers of the 2023 BAL season, won the Dikembe Mutombo Defensive Player of the Year.

In addition to his defensive recognition, Diarra emerged as one of the top performers of the season, becoming the first player in the history of the competition to register eight straight double-doubles.