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Mohamed Bah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Malians playing currently abroad: - Feb 24, 2017


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


Mohamed Bah
Mohamed Bah
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mohamed Bah (206, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the one of league's weakest teams Drexel (3-11) in their last game. Despite Bah's very good performance the Drexel lost 56-65 on the road to the Elon University. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Bah's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Bah's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 3.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.3%(32-49) and FT: 56.7% in 21 games he played so far. Bah played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). He led Orchesien BC to a victory against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-7) 74-69 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Cisse scored 11 points and added 4 passes. BC Orchies (15-9) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Cisse's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 73.5%. Cisse has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently studies in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Texas (14-0) 77-62 in the NCAA on Monday night. Konate recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. The West Virginia University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Konate's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93) and FT: 64.1% in 28 games. He played for the Mali U18 national team three years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #4. Power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help SAP Vaucluse in their game against Lourdes-Tarbes (13-11) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 8 points. SAP Vaucluse was crushed 93-72 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7). Soumaoro's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 6.4rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) led Vendee Challans to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Quimper UJAP (17-7) 75-72 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Saounera was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (11-13) is placed 11th in the NM1. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #6. An experienced point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Union Rennes (10-14) crushing them 71-50 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Chelle scored 7 points. Caen Basket Calvados (18-6) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Chelle's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is also a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team six years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Mali passport but never been selected to any of Mali national teams:

   #1. Cheickna Dembele (211-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the UNLV (3-10) to beat the San Diego State University (3-9). Dembele scored 6 points. The UNLV were defeated 77-64 at home by the State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dembele's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #2. Bakary Konate (211-C-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Minnesota in a victory against the University of Maryland (9-3) 89-75 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. The University of Minnesota has 6-6 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Konate's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 3.0rpg in 27 games he played so far.

   #3. Ousmane Ba (211-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Saint Mary's (TX) University in their game against the Texas A&M International University (17-7) in the NCAA2. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Ba recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Saint Mary's (TX) University was defeated 66-53 on the road by the Texas A&M International University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. Ba's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #4. Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for GET Vosges (14-10) in their game against Rueil (16-8) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. GET Vosges lost 84-90 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Rueil. It was GET Vosges' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Sidibe's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sidibe's Mali passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.

   #5. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the St.John's (6-7) in their game against the Marquette University (10-5) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. The St.John's was crushed 93-71 on their home court in Jamaica by the Marquette University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Yakwe's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1bpg in 28 games.

   #6. Lassana Konate (196-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Point Park University in their game against the West Virginia University Inst. of Techn. in the KIAC. He recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was defeated 103-92 in the KIAC. Konate's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1bpg.   




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