Thursday, 23 September 2010

Morin signs & Rouge et Or travel in Morrocco

Former Laval All-Canadian forward J.P. Morin, who led Laval to the CIS Final Eight in his final season in 2007-08, continues his professional career after recently signing with Sport Plazza in Morocco's first division. 

Head Coach Jacques Paiement Jr. also took his club to Morocco last week to participate in a tournament and Laval began the tourney with a 79-67 victory over Morin's new pro team Sport Plaza.  The following day Laval was defeated 95-62 by FOS Marseille (France pro B).  On the final day of the tournament, Laval dropped an 80-68 decision to Lille Metropole (France pro B) to finish 1-2.  6'3" J.F. Beaulieu, a QSSF POY candidate who comes off an injury-riddled season in '09-'10, led Laval in scoring in all three games averaging 23.3 ppg (20+ points each game).  Laval also got production from 6'4" Jérôme Turcotte, who had 22 pts. in the final game of the tournament.  Laval freshman Hugues Ryan got significant playing time and had an 11 point effort in the victory against the Moroccan team.  Earlier, Laval defeated Cégep de Sainte-Foy in Chicoutimi 95-64 as Turcotte had 21pts, Beaulieu 17pts, French import Kevin Crevant 16pts and freshman Ryan 15pts. 

Next up for Laval will be a matchup with CCAA's perennial power Algonquin Thunder on Friday, Oct. 1st in Ottawa and then one week later Laval hosts Cégep Limoilou Oct. 8th.  Laval also takes their annual tour of U.S. Division 1 schools in late October, this season travelling out west to the State of Utah to face Brigham Young Cougars in Provo, UT on Oct. 29th; at Utah State Aggies on Oct. 30 and at Weber State Wildcats on November 1st.

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