CAIRO (Egypt) – Bourama Coulibaly was immense for Mali as they won their second consecutive FIBA U18 African Championship title and to complete an intriguing tournament with twists and turns, the 18-year-old guard was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Coulibaly led Mali in scoring with 21 points in the Final against a familiar foe in Senegal while also registering five assists and five rebounds on the night.
Coulibaly converted 11 of 12 attempts on the charity line in a game that was won by margins ultimately as Mali rose from their lowest point to victory.
Mali had lost all their three Group Phase games to finish fourth on the table standings but that they stunned Egypt who had won three of their Group Phase games showered immense character that they once again awakened against Senegal.
Badji walked away with the Best Rebounder Award having collected 65 rebounds while Abouzeid was the highest three-point shooter with nine in total.
Abdalatif bagged the Top Scorer Award with 88 points in total. Egypt also received the Fair Play Award.