Professional basketball player ‘Shaq’ Cleare will return to Spain


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SHAQUILLE Cleare will return to Spain in the Española de Baloncesto – Gold while Travis Munnings and Kino Burrows delivered top performances for their respective clubs.

Cleare will join Actel Forca Lleida in the second division of the country’s basketball system.

In 24 games with the club in the 2018-19 season, he averaged 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Cleare initially signed with SO Maritime Boulogne of the Ligue Nationale Masculine 1 de France for the coming season.

Last season, Cleare briefly joined Munnings at UD Oliveirense in Portugal’s Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB).

In just six games with the club, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

During his four-year professional career, he also performed in Mexico and Switzerland.

Munnings had his best FIBA ​​EuroCup game since joining Sporting Lisboa Benfica.

The third-year forward finished with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in Benfica’s 99-89 win over Opava on Tuesday. He followed with just three points last night, but Benfica continued their EuroCup winning streak with a 78-76 victory over Heroes Den Bosch in the Netherlands.

Munnings is averaging 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, shooting 53% from the field and 53% from three points. He is currently in his second season in the Portuguese LPB. Last year, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for UD Oliveirense. Burrows scored a team record of 19 and took five rebounds for St. Thomas Basket Le Havre in a 77-59 win over So Pont de Cheruy Charvieu Chavanoz to move up to 5-4 this season.

The veteran striker shot 9-10 from the field to help his team climb to 6th place in Group B of the French NM1 League. Over the season, his first with the club, Burrows averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Still in NM1, Willis Mackey established himself as the top scorer of Mulhouse Basket Agglomeration.

In six games, the third-year forward is averaging 14.3 points and six rebounds per game with 68 percent shots from the field and 50 percent from three-pointers.

Mackey spent last season with JSA Bordeaux Métropole Basket as the team battled for a record 7-19, 13th place in Group A. In 16 games, he averaged 13.2 points, 6.3 rebounds , 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

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