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MBB | Ravens rise over Ridgebacks on Mayambo’s career night

Written by Griffin Porter

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, Ontario – Stanley Mayambo has seen just about everything one could see over the course of his five year career with the Carleton Ravens.  He’s won three national championships, played under three different head coaches, and scored his fair share of baskets while providing strong athleticism and defence for his coaches and teammates.  However, on Friday night in Ottawa he took on a new role for himself, elite sharpshooter, and used a barrage of three-pointers to lead the Carleton Ravens over the visiting Ontario Tech Ridgebacks, 119-58.

Mayambo was in a spot in the lineup that he does not usually find himself in, stepping in as a starter, as the Ravens have been without usual starter Biniam Ghebrekidan since they returned from the winter break.  Mayambo rose to the occasion in a big way, setting both a personal career high and a high mark for any Raven this season with 33 points, which include 9-13 shooting from three-point range, a total that stood as the 3rd best long distance shooting performance from any player in Canada this season.  Asked after the game about his lights out shooting, Mayambo was predictably humble, saying that “I got good looks, I was open… I take pride in working every day to get better at shooting… I (work on) that every day, we all do that every day.  It could have been anybody making those”.

The Ravens got out to a hot start in front of their home fans, as they jumped out to a 15-5 lead in a 1st quarter that would see them score 44 points on 82% shooting, while holding the Ridgebacks to just 18 points.  Carleton was able to lean on this advantage through the 2nd and 3rd quarters, which were much more even, before stepping up their defence in the 4th, a quarter in which they held Ontario Tech to just 5 points.

While much of the focus was on Mayambo’s lights out performance, several other Ravens had strong games, including a pair of guards in Aiden Warnholtz and Alain Louis.  Warnholtz went on a personal 10-point run in the 1st half, which saw him hit 2 three-pointers, steal an inbounds pass for a layup, and hit a pretty pull-up jumper, while Louis came on strong in the 2nd half, scoring all 20 of his points in the latter 20 minutes and shooting a perfect 7-7 from the field while going 4-4 from long range.

As the regular season moves into its final stretch and both the OUA Playoffs and Nationals begin to draw closer on the horizon, the Ravens are making sure to focus on continuing to improve and playing their best basketball when the games matter the most.  “We have that focus… we’re just trying to lock in and get more precise in everything that we’re doing, and hopefully we can put everything together in time for Nationals here in Ottawa”.  The Ravens will look to continue to improve on the road to Nationals on Saturday night at the Ravens’ Nest, as they take on the Queen’s University Gaels.