Pro basketball players in the spotlight in France






Tribune sports journalist

RADSHAD Davis had another record breaking season, Willis Mackey Jr and Aaron Levarity finally took to the court together, and Dominick Bridgewater continues his production to shine a light on the performances of Bahamian players in various professional basketball leagues across France.

In the French Ligue Nationale Masculine 1, Davis finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds – both season highs – in an 86-73 victory for Vendée Challans Basket over Bereck.

After their third straight win, Challans are 4-2 this season.

In his first year with the club, Davis is now the team’s leading scorer with 12.8 points per game and second in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game. His previous high was 16 points and six rebounds in an 81-77 win over Tarbes Lourdes.

Mackey, Levarity and Lyon suffered an 84-62 loss to Rouen.

Mackey posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds – both team highs.

He made both attempts from beyond the arc and posted two blocks.

Levarity debuted the season with five points and two rebounds off the bench. Lyon fell to 2-4 on the season.

Mackey is averaging 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season after being traded for medical reasons.

He spent last season with another NM1 club, Mulhouse Basket Agglomeration.

Levarity is in his third professional season after spending his previous two seasons with Svendborg Rabbits of the Basketligaen in Denmark.

He signed with Lyon in August. The NM1 is the third level professional level division in France. The top two teams from each season of the competition are promoted to LNB Pro B, which is France’s second division.

In the Men’s National League 2, Domnick Bridgewater and US Avignon Pontet Basket improved on their 82-72 victory against Marseillais Stadium UC.

Bridgewater was one of three double-figure players with 15 points and eight assists.

He made his debut with 23 points and nine assists in an 88-83 loss to La Ravoire Challes on October 9.

This is the 22-year-old goalkeeper’s third season in the French NM2 League.

Originally a member of the Byers FOS-Sur-Mer of the Pro B League, the team loaned Bridgewater to Sapela Basket 13 for a playoff series at the end of 2020 and again for the following season.

Travis Munnings is in the French ProB League with his basketball club Boulazac Basket Dordogne.

He finished with seven points and seven rebounds in an 87-73 loss to Chalon/Salor as the team fell to 1-1 that season.

Munnings averaged 10.6 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the preseason Leaders Cup.

Munnings has previously played in France when he made his professional debut with La Rochelle Stade Rochelais of France’s Ligue NM1.

He averaged 17.5 points, eight rebounds and 3.8 assists per game during his brief stint with the club.

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