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Nianta Diarra selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - May 10, 2019


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NIANTA DIARRA
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Malians who are currently playing abroad.


Nianta Diarra
Nianta Diarra
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Nianta Diarra (203-93, currently plays in France). He contributed to a 1-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes (10-19) 85-84 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA in Saturday night's game. Diarra recorded 9 points in only 14 minutes on the court. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (16-15) is placed 11th in the Jeep ELITE ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Diarra averages: 4.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(45-69), 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 45.7% in 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Diarra is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He managed to help AS Monaco Basket to win against the 12th-ranked SIG Strasbourg (12-19) crushing them 101-71 in the French Jeep ELITE ProA last Tuesday. Sy scored only 4 points. AS Monaco Basket (22-10) is placed third in the Jeep ELITE ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Sy's fourth season with the team. This year he averages just 2.0ppg. Sy is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. He played for the Mali national team in 2011.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Ludovic Chelle (188-83, currently plays in France). Chelle led Saint Vallier to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked La Charite (2-15) crushing them 98-70 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists in a mere 16 minutes. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (9-8) is placed fourth in Places 1-10 group. Chelle's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. This year Chelle's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 41.6% and FT: 77.4% in 31 games. Similarly like Sy and Diarra above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2011.

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 fifth-ranked Recy Saint-Martin (4-7) crushing them 99-52 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Saounera scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). CEP Lorient (8-1) is placed first in Places 21-28 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Saounera has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera is also Mali national team player.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #5. International shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86, currently plays in France) led Feurs EF to a victory over the fourth-ranked Vitre (9-7) 74-61 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Drame scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Feurs Enfants du Forez (6-11) is placed eighth in Places 11-20 group. The Second Stage already ended. Drame's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He holds both Mali and French passports. Drame plays currently for the Mali national team.

Baba Samake
Baba Samake
   #6. 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 fifth-ranked Recy Saint-Martin (4-7) crushing them 99-52. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Samake's total stats are: 4.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in 27 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.


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

   #1. Drake Reed (194-G/F-87, agency: Inception Sports, college: Austin Peay, currently plays in France). Reed could not help ALM Evreux (12-19) to beat Nantes (16-14). He recorded 6 points. ALM Evreux was crushed 95-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Nantes (#9). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Reed's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and American.

   #2. Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-92, college: Arkansas St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Aridane in their last game. Despite Bocoum's very good performance his team lost 85-91 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#9) Daimiel in the Group B. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bocoum's third season in pro basketball. This year Bocoum's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg in five games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and American.

   #3. Bakary Konate (211-C-93, college: Minnesota, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad in a victory against the closely-ranked Real Canoe (11-23) 73-57 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. Caceres Patrimonio de la Humanidad (11-24) is placed 15th in the LEB Gold. The Regular Season already ended. This year Konate's total stats are: 2.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 13 games.

  



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