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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - May 25, 2018


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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.


Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Monaco's victory against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-27) 99-97 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Sy recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (25-9) is placed first in the ProA. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.4%(89-136) and FT: 83.3% in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team seven years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France). He led Saint-Quentin to a victory against the closely-ranked Vendee Challans (17-17) 85-76 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. Soumaoro scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (24-10) is placed fourth in the NM1. This season Soumaoro averages: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(50-83) and FT: 86.4%. He is in the roster of the Mali senior national team.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse could not help one of league's weakest teams Brissac Anjou (18-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Brissac Anjou was defeated 103-94 on the road by the higher-ranked UB Chartres (#5). Cisse was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Cisse has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(128-229), 3FGP: 45.8%(76-166) and FT: 78.1%. Cisse is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #4. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help ADA Blois in their game against Provence Basket (24-10) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. But the league leader ADA Blois lost 63-70 in Fos-sur-Mer to the lower-ranked (#4) Provence Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ballo's first season with the team. This year Ballo's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg in 33 games. He is also Mali national team player.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #5. Former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Caen (12-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite Chelle's good performance Caen was defeated 89-76 at home by the much higher-ranked Lille Metropole (#5). He recorded 10 points. The Regular Season already ended. Chelle's total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #6. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Cheick Soumaoro in the French NM1 last game. Saounera couldn't help Vendee Challans (17-17) in their game against Saint-Quentin (24-10). He scored 9 points in 31 minutes. But Vendee Challans lost 76-85 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Saint-Quentin. It was Vendee Challans' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.4apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team three years ago.

Mamadou Sy
Mamadou Sy
   #7. International forward Mamadou Sy (196-85, college: Cloud County CC, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sourata Cisse and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Sy couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Brissac Anjou (18-16) in their game against UB Chartres (23-11). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sy scored only 3 points. Brissac Anjou was defeated 103-94 in Chartres by the higher-ranked UB Chartres (#5). Sy's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9apg. He is also Mali national team player.


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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Serbia) managed to help BC Partizan NiS Beograd in a victory against the third-ranked Mega Bemax (6-4) crushing them 97-68 in the Serbian KLS on Tuesday night. Sy recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (9-1) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sy's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95, currently plays in France). Sidibe could not help Caen (12-22) to beat Lille Metropole (23-11). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Sidibe recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals in 10 minutes. Caen lost 76-89 at home to the much higher-ranked (#5) Lille Metropole. The Regular Season already ended. This year Sidibe's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

  




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