In his first senior selection with Senegal, Cheikh Bamba Diallo made headlines on Friday against Kenya as the Teranga Lions won (69-51). By succeeding 5 out of 9 (3 pts) throws, the AS Douanes man stole the show and finished as Senegal's second best scorer of the day with 19 points made.
The general public will no doubt discover him in this tournament. But Bamba Diallo is used to great performances. In the championship this season, he scored 33 points against ISEG (87-44). Thus, these statistics against Kenya confirm the quality of the player both in defense and attack.
In 33 minutes, he blacked out the stats sheet: 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Three other players in the Senegalese ranks also performed well: Ibrahima Faye Fall (19 pts, 5 rbds), Mbaye Ndiaye (3 pts, 8 rbds, 4 assists) and Pape Malick Dime (6 pts, 6 rbds). But Cheikh Bamba Diallo was clinical behind the bow with a three-point 5/9 (55%).
Asked about his player's performance, Mamadou Guèye "Pabi" suggests: "Bamba Diallo is an excellent player. He answered present and took shots that allowed the team to break away at times. I think he can still improve by staying focused on certain actions."
The "Sniper" Cheikh Bamba Diallo refuses to take individual glories but rather magnified collectivity. "I was put in good shooting conditions by my teammates. They tell me to take the shot without hesitation. It comes back to the team, and I congratulate the whole group. I will continue to contribute in defense and attack," says Bamba Diallo. In any case, he scored points in this match. And he could bring more for the next outings such as the Olympic Qualification Tournament or the final phase of Afrobasket in Kigali.