Cayman’s only professional basketball player is headed to the second major finals of Basketball England’s 2019 calendar.
After being bounced in the National Basketball League (NBL) National Cup quarterfinals earlier in the season, 32-year old Jorge Ebanks and the Worthing Thunder will play in the 2019 National Trophy Finals Sunday (10 February) after an 89-82 semifinals win over the Bradford Dragons.
“I think the season is going good so far, we’ve started to find out stride,” said Ebanks. “Since the second half of the season started in January, we haven’t lost a game yet. We’ve been real dominant on both ends of the floor.”
Worthing (12-3) sit in second behind Ebanks’ former team the Solent Kestrels (12-2) in the NBL Division One standings. They’ll face the Loughborough Riders in the National Trophy Finals.
“We have a great group of guys that can put the basketball in the net,” said Ebanks. “We have two big games over the weekend, which could potentially land us in first place. We still have a way to go but it’s looking good for us right now.”
The National Trophy Finals are the second of four in-season competitions. The NBL’s Division One schedule will see teams play for both regular season and playoff finals into the fall. Ebanks is currently averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.