Jorge Ebanks may be a star talent but he dimmed slightly in the Bahamas.
Ebanks, whose nickname is ‘Steamy’, would see the Cayman Islands national team drop all four of its matches at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Senior Mens Championships in Nassau.
Cayman dropped its first game to hosts Bahamas 94-41 before losing to British Virgin Islands (66-54), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (72-70) and Bermuda (54-48) last week. Ebanks was decent with 11 points and two steals in game one, nine points and three steals in game two, 17 points and five assists in game three and 13 points and three steals in game four.
A closer look at Ebanks’ stats show his touch was off. He shot under 30 per cent from three-point range during the tournament and from the field he nailed around 40 percent of his attempts. Those numbers are in stark contrast to his showings in this summer’s national championships put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association where he nailed nine treys in two games.
With the defeats, Cayman finished last in its group behind unbeaten Bahamas (who had the most wins in group play) and 3-1 BVI. The other group winners were the 3-0 USVI and Jamaica. The top three teams from the CBC event will advance to the Centro Basket, which is made up of the top eight countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
Ebanks was joined by Jasen Campbell, Jerome Graham-Record, Chad Leslie, Jerome Narcisse, Dwight O’Garro, Samuel O’Garro, Shaad O’Garro, Lloyd Samuels, Deandre Simpson, Cory Thompson and Rotando Thompson. All were led by head coach Daniel Augustine.
The group were expected to improve on a lackluster showing at the 2011 Island Games. In the Isle of Wight Cayman would finish in seventh place with three victories and two losses.