Press Review : Cameroon Calling – ESPN THE MAGAZINE

More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball.
by Jackie MacMullan

On a sticky July afternoon in Cameroon, beads of perspiration dot a young boy’s brow as he paces outside the Yaoundé Sports Palace, plotting his entry. The expansive, asymmetric dome with a sharply pointed roof was a diplomatic gift from the People’s Republic of China, plunked into the city of Yaoundé like a spaceship from another galaxy. The 10-year-old, named Arthur, yells to the guard out front but is told that family and friends are not allowed inside. « But I want to see my brother! » the boy says, his infectious grin creasing his round, sun-kissed face. « You can just let me in, OK? »

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Lakers 111-102 Clippers

The Californian duel has turned in favor of the Lakers which have dominated the Clippers in the second period. The two teams had before the break, but the third quarter-time to completely turned in favor of the Lakers, who controlled the return of clippers in the last quarter. J.J Redick and Jamal Crawford end at 22 points, Marreese Speights 15 points, Luc Mbah a Moute 6 points, 2 rebounds.

The clippers have started well the part, taking up to 11 points ahead in the first quarter that they won 31-27. The Lakers Back to 1 point in the second, 56-55, but the clippers are in head to the 58-55 pause after having pocketed the 28-27 period.

Has the recovery, the Lakers spend a 13-0 which gives them an advantage of 10 points ahead 68-58. The meeting has switched to 4 minutes and the clippers will then run to score. The Lakers pocketing the third quarter-time 34-16 and have 15 points in advance at the beginning of the last 89-74. The clippers come back to 4 points in the last 89-85, and despite twelve good last minutes (28-22) This are the Lakers which control the match and is required after 11 defeats in a row in the face of the Clippers.

Clippers loses against the Wizards.

After taking the lead at half-time and leading a good part of the second half, the Clippers lost their lead in the final minutes and eventually bowed to the floor in Washington. Bradley Beal with 41 points to 13/23 of which 6/10 to 3 points, greatly participated in the success of the Wizards, who nevertheless have difficulty to contain the Californians. Blake Griffin scores 26 points, with 7 assists and 1 rebound, JJ Redick 17 points, DeAndre Jordan 13 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, Austin Rivers, Chris Paul 13 points, Luc Mbah a Moute who returned from injury after two missed matches 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 interception.


Washington started on an 11-6 but very quickly the score balanced 14-14. The Wizards are leading at the end of the first quarter 28-27. In the second, the Clippers took the lead at the end of the period (28-24) to lead to the break 55-52.

The Clippers took a quick lead to the rebound on an 11-2, but Bradley Beal made a great performance and scored the points. It allows his people to pocket the third quarter time 33-32 and the Clippers are only 2 points ahead at the start of the last twelve minutes 87-85. On a 7-0, the Clippers take the lead 102-95, but the money time turns in favor of the Wizards who pass before 106-104, then take 6 points ahead 114-108 to 1 minute of the term. The Wisards take the win 117-110.

The Clippers who lose their 7th game are now 4th place in the West, will face the Denver Nuggets at home on Tuesday, December 20th.


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Another loss, Clippers vs. Warriors

The Warriors won easily on the Clippers floor, picking up the first quarter 37-19 and keeping the Californians away until the end of the game. The Clippers limited to 39.6% on shots against 47.7% for Golden State, 15 assists against 32, returned to 7 points before the break. Insufficient to worry the Warriors. Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, Marreese Speights 15 points and 9 rebounds, Chris Paul 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.

After a balanced start to the game, visitors put on a 22-4 which left the Clippers at 18 points at the end of the first quarter-time 37-19. The Clippers take over the second quarter with 30-25, but Golden State is ahead at the half-time with 62-44.

Klay Thompson (24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Stephen Curry (19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists) managed the second period effectively. They won the 3rd quarter-time 29-26 and the last 24-23 for a final victory 115-98.

The Clippers take a second defeat at home, but remained 3rd in the West with 16 wins and 6 defeats. Next game will be Saturday 10 December against New Orleans.

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Loss against the Pacers.

Back at the Staples Center, the Doc Rivers’ guys were quickly overtaken by the Pacers who after losing the first quarter, led the rest of the game. Blake Griffin finished top scoring with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, Chris Paul added 18 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, J.J. Redick 15 points, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 pass.


The Clippers however start the game in the best way, leading 23-8 in the first quarter. The Pacers are clumsy (15 missed shots out of 22) and the Californians take advantage to lead 28-17. But the rest of the match quickly turns to the advantage of Indiana, who returns in the second quarter 38-37. The visitors pocket this period 31-24, although the Clippers lead to the pause 52-48.


Indiana chains in the third quarter (35-17) and takes the lead with 10 points ahead 71-61. At the start of the last quarter, the Pacers lead 83-69. The Clippers react and return to 4 points 100-104 to 1’26 of the end of the encounter on a Jordan dunk (9 points, 15 rebounds). But Indiana bounces back 100-107 on a 3 points Paul George (16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and wins 102-111 despite a 33-28 for the Clippers.

Luc and his teammates remain 3rd in the West (18 wins, 6 defeats) before facing Golden State.