In the “better-late-than-never” category of news, we were remiss in not highlighting the tremendous exploits of Laval’s third-year 6’7″ Joel Muamba this past weekend in an 89-74 home win against Bishop’s. Muamba, who had been hampered by injuries throughout the pre-season, netted a career-high 28 points – an RSEQ individual season high – on 13 for 16 shooting which included a spectacular five dunks ! Muamba’s athleticism and explosiveness has never been in question and as he begins to realize his vast potential, Rouge et Or have their sights set on their first RSEQ championship since 2007-08.
Muamba, who is a graduate of Thetford Academy and spent one season at Northwest JUCO (Wyoming) where he averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game in 2015-16, also made both of his three-point attempts and entertained what was a crowd well in excess of 1,000 at the beautiful “PEPS” (Laval University Sports and Physical Education Complex) – arguably the most beautiful facility in the country. (Aside: for our readers in Quebec City area – “when will Laval bid on the Final 8 ???”).
Laval was very efficient in the victory over Bishop’s, with 25 assists on their 34 made field goals and Rouge et Or generally looked after the rock, being charged with only 13 turnovers, an area of concern all season long as Coach Jacques Paiement Jr. looks to play fast and highlight his wonderful array of above-the-rim athletes. Laval now 2-1 in RSEQ league play (5-5 overall vs. U-Sports) rides a two-game winning streak into tomorrow night’s (Thursday’s) game at UQAM (0-2).
Our thanks to one of our loyal readers in Quebec City for the recap and reminder – keep the good news coming…