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Nianta Diarra selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 29, 2018


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


Nianta Diarra
Nianta Diarra
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Nianta Diarra (203-93, currently plays in France). Diarra could not help Boulazac Basket (6-8) to beat Limoges CSP Elite (8-7). It was not his best game last Thursday. Diarra scored only 3 points in 11 minutes on the court. Boulazac Basket lost 84-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Limoges CSP Elite. This year Diarra averages: 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 59.4%(19-32), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 46.2% in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Diarra is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Ludovic Chelle (188-83, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Saint Vallier in their game against Souffelweyersheim (15-1) in the French NM1 (third division). Chelle recorded 8 points in 25 minutes. The third-placed Saint Vallier (10-6) lost 64-78 at home to the leading Souffelweyersheim in the Group A. It's Chelle's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 37.6% in 16 games. Chelle is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France). He managed to help Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball to win against the seventh-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (8-8) 74-71 in the French NM1 (third division) on Friday night. Soumaoro recorded only 3 points. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (15-1) is placed second in Group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Soumaoro's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 84.2%. He is also a member of the Mali senior national team.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #4. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lorient (10-6) in their last game. Despite Saounera's very good performance Lorient (#3) was badly defeated 93-74 on their home court in Lorient by the second-ranked La Charite in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Saounera also added 5 passes in 40 minutes. Saounera has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 16 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera is also Mali national team player.

Mamoudou Diarra
Mamoudou Diarra
   #5. Former U18 international forward Mamoudou Diarra (206-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the South Carolina State University crushing them 77-56 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Cincinnati has conference record this season. Diarra's total stats this year are: 3.5ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Mali U18 national team four years ago.


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). He could not help Partizan (6-6) to beat Cedevita (8-4). Sy scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. Partizan lost 71-76 on the road to the second-ranked Cedevita. It's Sy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 11 games he played so far. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Experienced Sidiki Kone (197-PF-1, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Partizan U19's victory against the sixth-ranked Mladost VOB U19 (5-5) 87-78 in the Serbian JLS (third division) last Sunday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. BC Partizan NiS Beograd U19 team (10-0) is placed first in the JLS. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. This season Kone averages: 8.6ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.7bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Mali.

   #3. Amadou Sow (206-F-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UCSB win their game against the Idaho State University 84-65 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points. The Univ. of California-Santa Barbara has conference record this season. Sow's overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 6.2rpg.

   #4. Bourama Sidibe (208-F-97, currently studies in the States) managed to help Syracuse University to win against the Arkansas State University crushing them 82-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points. The Syracuse University has conference record this season. Sidibe's total stats this year are: 2.9ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #5. Tahirou Diabate (206-F-98, is currently at the American university) helped Portland win their game against the Florida A&M University 54-39 in the NCAA on Friday night. He recorded only one point in 12 minutes. The University of Portland has conference record this season. This year Diabate's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1bpg in 14 games.

   #6. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Connecticut in their game against the Villanova University in the NCAA. Yakwe cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 blocks in 19 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 81-58. This year Yakwe's total stats are: 1.8ppg and 2.4rpg in 13 games.

  





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