Jorge Ebanks had a great introduction to Portuguese basketball.
Ebanks, 28, scored nine points in roughly 15 minutes of action over the weekend as his Angrabasket club beat CU Sportiva, 72-69, in its season opener. The 6-foot-1-inch point guard made four of his nine shot attempts and added four assists. Local media reports say Ebanks was limited due to physical problems. The George Town native confirmed on social media that he was injured, noting he had a sprained ankle, which he was icing on Monday. The injury does not appear to be serious, as he was back training on Tuesday.
“Felt great to get that first win in Portugal,” Ebanks said on Twitter. “I’ve been feeling good lately, I got my appetite back and now I just need to get in the weight room daily.”
The George Town native is on a one-year deal with Angrabasket, which plays in a third-tier domestic league and is based out of Angra do Heroismo, on the island of Terceira, in the Azores region. Angrabasket, which has been in existence since 1998, is a semipro club that has played in Proliga – the country’s second-biggest competition – the past 10 years before being relegated last season.
Ebanks was previously in Middlesbrough, England, playing for semipro outfit Tees Valley Mohawks in the English Basketball League. He was the team captain for two years and had arguably his best individual campaign last season. He was named Domestic and Defensive Player of the Year and listed to the All-EBL Division One First Team. He played alongside two other Caymanians – Jerome Narcisse and Lloyd Samuels, both 27. Narcisse had a good rookie season but left Tees Valley as a free agent, while Samuels renewed his contract for a second season.
Ebanks made the switch from England to Portugal with help from his agent, Thanos Koukouravas of LA Sports Agency, whom he signed over the summer.