The Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2022 playoffs and finals will take place at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda from Saturday, May 21 to Saturday, May 28. The top eight teams from the league’s Sahara and Nile conferences will compete in single-elimination Playoffs and Finals, with the winner crowned the 2nd BAL Champion.
The BAL 2022 Playoffs will kick off on May 21 at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT when Petro de Luanda of Angola (4-1) take on AS Salé of Morocco (3-2), followed by REG of Rwanda (4-1) vs. FAP Cameroon (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT. The quarterfinals will continue on May 22 with the USA’s Monastir of Tunisia (4-1) taking on the Cape Town Tigers of South Africa (2-3) at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT, followed by defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt (5-0) against SLAC of Guinea (2-3) at noon ET / 6 pm CAT.
The winners of the quarterfinal matchups will meet in the semifinals on May 25 for a chance to advance to the 2022 BAL Finals, which will take place on May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET/6 :00 pm CAT and will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN. Canal+, VisionView TV, TV5Monde and Voice of America (VOA) radio, and around the world on American Forces Network (AFN), ESPNews, TSN, the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.
Tickets for the BAL Playoffs and Finals are now on sale in several categories, including Group Tickets, Advance Tickets, Premium Tickets and Standard Tickets. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting https://on.nba.com/3w9oITE.
Below is the 2022 BAL Playoffs schedule and notable facts and figures about the 2022 BAL season:
|DATE||DAY||HOUSE||FAR||GROUP||LOCAL TIME||Eastern Time|
|05/21/2022||Saturday||Luanda Petro (ANG)||AS Sale (MOR)||QF1||14:30||08:30 a.m.|
|05/21/2022||Saturday||REG (REAR WHEEL DRIVE)||FAP (CAM)||QF2||18:00||12:00 pm|
|05/22/2022||Sunday||United States Monastir (TUN)||Cape Town (SA)||QF3||14:30||08:30 a.m.|
|05/22/2022||Sunday||Zamalek (EGP)||SLAC (GUI)||QF4||18:00||12:00 pm|
|05/25/2022||Wednesday||QF1 Winner||QF2 Winner||SF1||18:00||12:00 pm|
|05/25/2022||Wednesday||QF3 Winner||QF4 Winner||sf2||9:30 pm||3:30 pm|
|05/27/2022||Friday||LSF1||LSF2||3rd place||18:00||12:00 pm|
|05/28/2022||Saturday||SF1 Winner||SF2 Winner||endings||18:00||12:00 pm|
1 – AS Salé head coach Liz Mills (Australia) became the first woman to coach a BAL team during the group stage of the Sahara Conference, which took place in Dakar, Senegal, from March 5 to 15. Mills led AS Salé to a 3-2 record and a spot in the BAL Playoffs.
3 – After taking place at one site last season due to the pandemic, the BAL 2022 season has expanded to three iconic African cities: Dakar, Senegal (March 5-15); Cairo, Egypt (April 9-19); and Kigali, Rwanda (May 21-28).
3 – The BAL 2022 season features three former NBA players: Jamel Artis (Cape Town Tigers; last played for the Orlando Magic), Ike Diogu (Zamalek; last played for the San Antonio Spurs) and DJ Strawberry ( Zamalek; last played for the Phoenix Suns).
4 – Four countries were represented at the BAL for the first time: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (BC Espoir Fukash), Guinea (SLAC), South Africa (Cape Town Tigers) and South Sudan (Cobra Sport). SLAC (Saharan Conference) and Cape Town Tigers (Nile Conference) qualified for the 2022 BAL Playoffs after finishing in the top four in their respective conferences.
4 – Four African players were among the top performers in the BAL 2022 group stage: Mayan Kiir (Cobra Sport; South Sudan) – averaging 18.8 points, 2.2 assists, 11.4 rebounds and 1 steal per match; Amadou Harouna (AS Salé; Niger) – averaging 19.8 points, 3.6 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game; Rolly Fula Nganga (BC Espoir Fukash; Democratic Republic of the Congo) – averaging 18.4 points, 2.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game; and Evans Ganapamo (Cape Town Tigers; Central African Republic), averaging 17.4 points, 2.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
5 – The five top scorers from the league group stage will feature in the BAL Playoffs: Terrel Stoglin (AS Salé) – 33.2 ppg Marcus Crawford (SLAC) – 21.4 ppg Billy Preston (Cape Town Tigers ) – 20.3 ppg Amadou Harouna (AS Salé) ) – 19.8 points per game Edgar Sosa (Zamalek) – 19.5 points per game
5 – Five teams returned in 2022 for their second BAL season: defending BAL champion Zamalek, 2021 runner-up US Monastir, semi-finalists Petro de Luanda, and quarter-finalists AS Salé and FAP All five teams qualified for the BAL Playoffs of 2022.
8 – The eight playoff teams are REG (4-1), US Monastir (4-1), AS Salé (3-2) and SLAC (2-3) from the Sahara Conference, and Zamalek (5-0), Petro de Luanda (4-1), Cape Town Tigers (2-3) and FAP (2-3) from the Nile Conference.
9 – BAL and Canal+ Sports are co-producing nine episodes of “BAL Action”, a magazine show dedicated to BAL that is distributed globally on partner streaming platforms.
11 – The BAL has a list of 11 world-class marketing partners: Foundational Partners New Fortress Energy (NFE), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson, and official partners Alley-Oop Africa, Attorney General Alliance (AGA) – Africa, Destination Senegal and Air Senegal, Envol City, Flutterwave and Hennessy.
11 – 2021 BAL champion Zamalek is on an 11-match BAL winning streak after winning all five of their games during the Nile Conference group stage. Last season Zamalek finished 6-0 and won the inaugural BAL championship.
12 – The BAL once again featured the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries. As part of the new BAL Elevate program (https://on.nba.com/3LMO5Bi), one NBA Academy Africa prospect has joined each of the 12 BAL teams for the 2022 season. NBA Academy Africa is a center elite basketball training camp in Saly, Senegal for top school-age prospects from across Africa.
13 – A combined 13 players who competed in the group stage and previously played in the NBA G League, including US Monastir’s Ater James Majok, who was selected 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Draft. the 2011 NBA.
13 – BAL 2022 season airs on 13 free channels in Africa: 2STV (Senegal), Arryadia (Morocco), Awa TV (Nigeria), CISTV (Guinea), DigiCongo TV (Democratic Republic of Congo), K24 (Kenya), Kolo TV (Madagascar), On Time Sports (Middle East and North Africa), RBA (Rwanda), SABC Sports (South Africa), Tunis TV (Tunisia), TVM (Mozambique), and TV Zimbo (Angola).
15 – Ater James Majok (US Monastir), who led the BAL in rebounding during the group stage, recorded 15 or more rebounds three times.
16 – REG’s Adonis Filer dished out a BAL record with 16 assists in his team’s opener against AS Salé. Filer averaged a league-high 9.2 assists per game during the group stage.
19 – BAL’s 12 teams combined to feature 19 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA‘s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from around the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA. Former BWB Africa campers currently in the NBA include five-time All-Star Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; 2011 BWB Africa) and 2019 NBA Champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; 2012 BWB Africa ).
30 – The 12 BAL teams featured a combined 30 former NCAA Division I players.
38 – After the inaugural BAL season featured a total of 26 games, the 2022 BAL season was expanded to a total of 38 games: two 15-game group stages followed by eight-game Playoffs and Finals.
41 – AS Salé’s Terrel Stoglin, who wears number 41, set a new BAL single-game scoring record of 41 points in a 96-90 loss to US Monastir during the Sahara Conference group stage, breaking his own record of 40 points that he set. during the BAL 2021 group stage. Stoglin was the league’s top scorer during the group stage, averaging 33.2 points per game.
156 – The 12 BAL teams collectively featured 156 players from 23 countries across Africa, Europe and the USA.
199 – A total of 199 media members were accredited to cover BAL games on-site and remotely during group stage games in Dakar and Cairo.
215 – The second season of BAL is reaching fans in 215 countries and territories through free and pay TV broadcast partnerships with Canal +, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, AFN, VOA, TV5Monde and VisionView TV and live stream on the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.
400,000,000 – This season, the BAL has recorded more than 400 million fan interactions across its online platforms, including 66 million influencer interactions, 22 million video views, 12 million social media interactions and four million visits to the official BAL website (NBA.com/BAL).