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James Mays' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Central Africans playing currently abroad: - Feb 28, 2017

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We bring you last week's top performances from Central Africans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

James Mays
James Mays
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). He could not help LG Sakers (19-25) in their last game. Despite Mays' very good performance LG Sakers were edged 77-76 at home by the league outsider (#10) Sonic Boom KT. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. Mays also added 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. It was LG Sakers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 60.8% in 43 games he played so far. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African senior national team four years ago. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket to win against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (6-15) 77-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Sato recorded 5 points. Valencia Basket (15-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 81.8%. Sato played for the Central African national team in 2013.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Olympique Antibes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (6-14) 87-78 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Kouguere scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Sharks Antibes (7-13) is placed 15th in the ProA. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 85.7% in 14 games. Kouguere has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #4. Power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Strasbourg IG (11-9) in the French ProA. Djimrabaye scored 5 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 72-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). Djimrabaye's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Patrick O'Bryant
Patrick O'Bryant
   #5. Former international center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley, currently plays in Taiwan) was not able to secure a victory for Fubon Braves (17-13) in their game against Dacin Tigers (21-9) in the Taiwanese SBL. O'Bryant scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks in 15 minutes. Fubon Braves were crushed 88-67 on their home court in by the leading Dacin Tigers. The Regular Season already ended. O'Bryant has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2.6bpg and 1.1spg in eight games. He is a naturalized American. O'Bryant used to play for the Central African national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Central Africa.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #6. Guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France) helped Lorient win their game against the third-ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-8) 71-65 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Damachoua recorded 6 points. CEP Lorient (10-15) is placed 16th in the NM1. This season Damachoua has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Central African senior team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Maxime Zianveni (198-F/C-79) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Central African playing currently abroad. Go to Central African Abroad Page to see completed list.  

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