Injured Ebanks helps save the day

Ebanks plays guard for Worthing Thunder in the NBL Div. 1. (Team photo)

Cayman Islands men’s national basketball captain Jorge Ebanks sprang into action to help Worthing Thunder secure their seventh straight win in England’s National Basketball League Division 1, despite recovering from a shoulder injury.

The Thunder picked up their first win of the 2018 calendar year, as they fought hard for the 84-73 win over Kent Crusaders on 6 January.

Ebanks, 31, was called into action when two key players fouled out, although the initial plan was for him to be rested as he rehabs the injury he sustained before Christmas.

Ebanks ran the Cayman offense at the Island Games.

He played the final 4:29 of the tight contest and was among the players who iced the game from the free throw line and help the team move up to second in the standings.

“The goal for was me not to play but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way but I’m just glad we got the win, but the shoulder felt sore,” Ebanks said, according to

The team plans to continue monitoring Ebanks’ injury in the coming days, as they get set to face NBL Div. 1 leaders Solent Kestrels on 20 January. Ahead of that clash, Worthing Thunder faces Leicester Warriors on 13 January. The Thunder are 9-3 on the season with 13 league games remaining.

Ebanks is averaging 17.7 points, 4.3 rebs and 4.3 assists per game this season and is among the NBL Div. 1 leaders in steals with 2.8 per game. He was among the star players for the Cayman Islands team as the won gold at the NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden in June last year.


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