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Ludovic Chelle selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - Oct 19, 2018


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LUDOVIC CHELLE
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Mali players, who play currently abroad.


Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France). He led Saint Vallier to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Besancon (3-2) crushing them 87-60 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Chelle scored 11 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 23 minutes on the court. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (3-2) is placed fifth in Group A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Chelle averages: 6.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3FGP: 23.8% in five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France). He managed to help Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball to win against the 14th-ranked GET Vosges (0-5) 75-65 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Soumaoro scored only one point. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (5-0) is placed second in Group A. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Soumaoro's overall stats this season are: 2.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 18.8% and FT: 71.4%. 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 Brissac Anjou (2-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the ninth-placed Brissac Anjou (2-3) was crushed 80-53 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) STB Le Havre in the Group B. Cisse was the top scorer with 19 points in 33 minutes. Cisse has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 90.5%(19-21) in five games. 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.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #4. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Lorient's victory against the 11th-ranked La Rochelle (2-3) crushing them 85-45 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and added 5 assists. CEP Lorient (3-2) is placed fifth in Group B. Saounera has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera is also Mali national team player.

Baba Samake
Baba Samake
   #5. International power forward Baba Samake (200-94, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ibrahim Saounera and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Samake contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked La Rochelle (2-3) crushing them 85-45. He scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. This year Samake's overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.6rpg in five games. He used to play for the Mali national team last year.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #6. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) was not able to help Feurs EF in their game against Orchesien BC (5-0) in the French NM1 (third division). Drame scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Feurs EF (#10) was badly defeated 77-57 in Orchies by the leading Orchesien BC in the Group A. Drame's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Namory Boundy
Namory Boundy
   #7. Former international forward Namory Boundy (202-89, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Cheick Soumaoro in the French NM1 last game. Boundy was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider GET Vosges (0-5) in their game against Saint-Quentin (5-0). He scored 5 points and added 6 assists in 25 minutes. GET Vosges (#14) lost 65-75 at home to the second-ranked Saint-Quentin in the Group A. So far GET Vosges lost all five games in the Regular Season. This year Boundy has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in five games. He used to play for the Mali national team three years ago.

Mamadou Sy
Mamadou Sy
   #8. Swingman 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 Brissac Anjou (2-3) in their game against STB Le Havre (3-1). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sy scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Brissac Anjou (#9) was crushed 80-53 in Le Havre by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#3) in the Group B. Sy's total stats this season are: 2.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Mali national team.


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 ABA League). Sy could not help Partizan (2-1) to beat Mornar Bar (1-2). He did not impress in that game on Sunday. Sy scored only 2 points. Partizan was edged 97-94 on the road by the much lower-ranked Mornar Bar (#10). But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Sy averages just 2.5ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nouhoum Bocoum (207-F/C-92, college: Arkansas St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Aridane's victory against the seventh-ranked Lanzarote (2-2) 87-84 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Friday night. Bocoum recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. C.B. Aridane (1-3) is placed 12th in Group B. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Bocoum's first year with the team. Bocoum has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3bpg in four games he played so far. Bocoum is another player who holds two passports: Mali and American.

  




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