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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - Mar 14, 2017


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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Central Africans who are currently playing abroad.


Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the tenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 101-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Sato was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (16-6) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year Sato averages: 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 81.5% in 20 games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). Mays was the main contributor in a LG Sakers' victory against the closely-ranked Mobis Phoebus (26-24) 87-82 in the South Korean KBL last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Mays recorded a double-double by scoring 38 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Changwon LG Sakers (22-27) are placed seventh in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mays' first season with the team. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 61.7%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Patrick O'Bryant
Patrick O'Bryant
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley, currently plays in Taiwan). He could not help Fubon Braves (17-13) in their last game. Despite O'Bryant's very good performance Fubon Braves were edged 79-78 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Pauian. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. O'Bryant also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes. O'Bryant has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2.3bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 79.2% in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. O'Bryant played for the Central African national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Central Africa.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) in the French ProA. Kouguere recorded 8 points. Olympique Antibes was crushed 95-66 on the road by the much higher-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#9). Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #5. Former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (12-10) in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) in the French ProA. He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Djimrabaye scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 77-88 in Limoges to the lower-ranked (#9) CSP Elite. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #6. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Boulazac Basket (11-11) in their game against Saint Chamond (9-13) in the French ProB (second division). Zianveni scored 8 points. Boulazac Basket was defeated 85-70 in Saint Chamond by the lower-ranked Saint Chamond (#14). Zianveni's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Central African senior team four years ago.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #7. Former international guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked UB Chartres (14-14) 97-80 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Damachoua scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. CEP Lorient (11-17) is placed 15th in the NM1. This year Damachoua has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.


Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
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
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux 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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