Pitt’s Karim Coulibaly Leads Mali to First U19 Win Since 2007
Pitt commit and Scotland (Pa.) Campus Sports graduate Karim Coulibaly led his native country of Mali to a historic win on Saturday morning in group play of the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Coulibaly scored 22 points to lead Mali to a 93-79 victory over Latvia in the opening game of Group B play for both teams. The 6-foot-8 forward also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals. He also had a big block early in the contest.
.@BasketMalien's Abdoul Coulibaly with a big rejection ⛔️ for the opening play of the #FIBAU19 Basketball World Cup!
📺 Watch live: https://t.co/30FM234zdw pic.twitter.com/7SOw4cgKkz
— FIBA (@FIBA) June 29, 2019
The win was the first for Mali at the U19 World Cup since 2007. Mali will play Canada at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday and Australia at 1:15 p.m. on Monday. Canada beat Australia, 81-76 earlier on Saturday.
The United States, playing in Group A, will start its tournament Saturday afternoon against New Zealand.
Viewed the game on you tube. Karim looked good shooting and handling the ball.
Passed to open players that led to scores. He’ll get a little more physical and defense will improve when he practices/plays with ACC level talent.