Arabs dismiss center Mulamba for conduct detrimental to the team
Imperial Valley College's Josue Mulamba attempts a free-throw in a game against San Diego Mesa at IVC on Jan. 11. (JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO)
“He’s not with us anymore,” Aye said.
Aye did not offer a specific reason for Mulamba’s departure, but it clearly was for anger management and discipline issues.
After Mulamba committed his third foul and was removed from the game with 12:44 remaining in the Arabs’ 70-69 victory at Southwestern last Friday, he screamed at the coach, “I don’t want to play anymore.”
Aye did not put the 6-foot-10 center from the Congo back in the game.
Following the game, Mulamba walked out of the classroom where IVC was dressing and loudly expressed his displeasure at Aye for being removed from the game.
Mulamba had several other angry outbursts this season directed at Aye and one with fans.
Mulamba averaged 15.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots in 19 games this season. He had eight double-doubles (points-rebounds).
He regularly changed opponents’ shots and was double and triple teamed in the post, opening up perimeter shots for teammates. Scouts from the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons had come to games to evaluate Mulamba.
Ryan Ena, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound freshman from El Camino High in Oceanside, replaces Mulamba as the starting center.
Imperial Valley (17-4, 9-1 PCAC) rose to No. 11 in the state and No. 6 in SoCal in rankings released Monday. The Arabs have won six in a row and are in a virtual tie with 10-1 San Diego City for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference lead. They play at Mira Costa in a conference game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.