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 1. Nzui Manto 10-0 
 2. Bamenda 9-2 
 3. INJS 8-2 
 4. BEAC 6-4 
 5. No Name D. 5-4 
 6. Condor 5-6 
 7. Ecole 5-6 
 8. Fap 3-8 
 9. Phoenix Ebwa 2-8 
 10. Volcanic W. 0-10 
Last:9/10/2018
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Group A
 1 ASS Sale 4-1 
 2 ES Rades 4-1 
 3 Interclube 3-2 
 4 City Oilers 2-3 
 5 Kano Pillars 1-4 
 6 ASB NG 1-4 
Group B
 1 US Monastir 5-0 
 2 Libolo 3-2 
 3 GS Petroliers 3-2 
 4 Fer.Beira 2-3 
 5 ASB Mazembe 1-4 
 6 Gombe B. 1-4 
Full Standings
Last:9/10/2018
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Abubakar USMAN
  Kano P
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. A.Usman Kano P21.8 
 2. C.Bayang Condor20.0 
 3. A.Yacoubou Aso M14.8 
 4. C.Echols Maxaquene14.3 
 5. B.Fields AS Sale14.2 
 6. A.Zouita AS Sale13.3 
 7. J.Gomes 1 De A12.4 
 8. F.Ambrosio 1 De A12.4 
 9. R.Akpatchi Aso M11.8 
 10. F.Mandate Maxaq11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joseph MBANG
  Ahly B
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. J.Mbang Ahly B10.5 
 2. J.Gomes 1 De A9.4 
 3. F.Ambrosio 1 De A9.2 
 4. A.Yacoubou Aso M9.2 
 5. C.Echols Maxaquene8.0 
 6. K.Adams Maxaquene7.9 
 7. R.Kondzy InterClub7.7 
 8. R.Koumen Manga BB7.4 
 9. R.Rhalimi AS Sale6.8 
 10. C.Amboulou Inter6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest NATO
  Aso Modele
  (--81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. E.Nato Aso Modele5.2 
 2. Z.Bourouis AS Sale3.3 
 3. A.Boundou Manga BB2.8 
 4. A.Usman Kano P2.8 
 5. F.Mandate Maxaq2.6 
 6. A.Kouaane Ahly B2.5 
 7. G.Ndzondzoko Inter2.4 
 8. J.Gomes 1 De A2.4 
 9. S.Mucavel Maxaq2.3 
 10. A.Zouita AS Sale2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Abubakar USMAN
  Kano P
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. A.Usman Kano P3.2 
 2. M.Bukar Kano P2.2 
 3. I.Yusuf Kano P2.0 
 4. R.Kayembe Mudiand. ASB M1.8 
 5. R.Koumen Manga BB1.8 
 6. Z.Bourouis AS Sale1.7 
 7. J.Nguia InterClub1.7 
 8. A.Yacoubou Aso M1.4 
 9. J.Gomes 1 De A1.4 
 10. P.Buzangu ASB M1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 
  
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. V.Koko Rivers H2.0 
 2. A.Yacoubou Aso M1.6 
 3. M.Kambuyu ASB M1.5 
 4. C.Naduabum Kano P1.2 
 5. K.Adams Maxaquene1.1 
 6. A.Zouita AS Sale1.0 
 7. A.Aboubakari Aso M1.0 
 8. R.Kayembe Mudiand. ASB M1.0 
 9. A.Kasongo ASB M0.8 
 10. R.Koumen Manga BB0.8 
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One on One with Roussel Nkali - Jan 14, 2019


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MATHIEU MIRABELLE
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Roussel
Nkali
Before recently signing with BC Vera in Georgia, Roussel Nkali, took some of his time to share with us his story, his sight of the game and his goals for a season that, hopefully, will enable him to travel to China next summer.

1) Roussel, can you explain us your journey and how did you get the opportunity to play college basketball for houston?

Well, my story is long and full of ups and downs, It all started in my hometown, in Bertoua where i made my first dribbles. People were talking so much about basketball that I had to give it a try and a few weeks later I was already playing in the Junior championship basketball tournament in Douala, where I met coach Louis. He proposed me to meet my parents so I could start training with Onyx Basketball.
Back at that, I would have never imagined that I would get to the USA but after only 1 year of play, they found me a school in Jacksonville, Florida and just like that, I was gone for the american dream.
Once in Jacksonville, things got difficult cause communication was hard for me as I barely spoke english and the level of play was way better than in my country. I was so nervous during games because of the crowd watching us and I was putting pressure on myself. I then met with a coach there and he proposed me to move to Philadelphia and play for his AAU team which I accepted pretty quickly as I didn't have a lot of options in front of me.
In Philadelphia, I was more relaxed and played a good summer of AAU basketball which led me to earn multiple college scholarships in the process. Unfortunately, I was ineligible and I ended signing for a Junior College, Harcum College, in Philly.
Once there, it didn't work out as expected and I changed school, moving down to Texas for Lee College in Baytown. That year was very challenging for me but I learned a lot and finally received multiple offers to play in NCAA D1 and between all of them, i decided to pick Houston because I loved to be in Texas and the coach there, Kelvin Sampson, was great.
Under coach Sampson, I really learned a lot about basketball but also and I can say that I became a better player and a better person thanks to him. In total, I played 3 season in Houston but had to sit out the first one because I got an injury and had surgery. Coming back from that injury was surely the most difficult thing I endured in my career and my life but I managed to do so and to contribute for the following 2 seasons.
I ended my cursus with the Cougars being graduated with a bachelor degree in Health and Sociology and in the next month I signed my first pro contract.

2) Indeed, you then had your first pro experience in Georgia. How was it for you and what was the main differences between the game there and college basketball?

The main difference was the speed of the game. In college we played an high tempo offense while in the pro it's mostly about finding a good pace of the game depending on the situation and the opponent.

3) More generally, what are the biggest differences, according to you, between being a student athlete and being a pro player?

Being a student, you are receiving a tremendous help and support from the staff and they are there to held you accountable and kinda dictate your daily life. In the pro world, you are out of that confort zone as you are on your own and you must hold yourself accountable and responsible.

4) How would you define your game and your skills and what do you think you should improve in your game?

If i could define my game i would use tree words : Toughness, Hustle and Defense. The biggest improvement i can have is to be more aggressive on offense and develop a more consistent outside shot.

5) You recently had the honor to be called to play for your national team. What was your feeling to wear the Lions' uniform?

Really an honor and another step forward in my career. Hopefully other call ups will happen.

6) As for now you are still looking for a team, what is the most difficult part of it and how do you keep yourself motivated and in shape?

I learned one thing from my college coach that he always used to tell us : Only worry about the things you can control and right now the only thing i can control is to stay in shape and to have a positive attitude.

7) 2019 is here, what can we wish you for this year?

My biggest wish for this year is to have the best season possible individually and collectively and of course to represent my country at the FIBA World Cup.

8) Thanks a lot for your time and all the best.

Thank you too

Roussel Nkali (206-F-92, college: Houston, agency: Players Group)   




D.J.
Strawberry
D.J. Strawberry selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - 4 days ago
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cameroonian players, who play currently abroad. Joel Embiid (213-C-94) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (36-20) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (36-20) lost 107-119 on the road to the Toronto Raptors.    [read more]

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - 11 days ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Cameroonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. Joel Embiid (213-C-94) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (34-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (34-19) lost 108-115 at home to the Sacramento Kings.    [read more]

Benoit Mbala
Benoit Mbala (ex Samsung Th.) agreed terms with Aix-Maurienne - 14 days ago
BENOIT MBALA Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Cameroonian international forward Benoit Mbala (203-104kg-95). He started the season at Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korean KBL league. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.6ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The most of last season Mbala spent at Chorale de Roanne where in 24 ProB games he averaged 11.8ppg and 5.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the f...   [read more]


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