Jorge Ebanks is taking his Portuguese team up the ranks.
Ebanks, 28, led his Angrabasket squad with 24 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 63-47 victory over Basket Almada in a third-tier domestic league. With last Sunday’s triumph, Angrabasket rank second in the competition – dubbed the National Men’s First Division – before the Christmas break.
The George Town native noted on social media that the result was welcome news, “We got the win, we’re in second place, it feels good.”
Local media reports said Ebanks played a big role in the match. For example, the Diario Insular newspaper in Angra do Heroismo, on the island of Terceira, said, “Jorge had the role of lead actor in the third period. The pupils of (coach) Rui Fagundes lived a quiet afternoon with a sovereign victory. Timely comfort with good numbers, inevitably, from Jorge.”
This year, Ebanks has helped the team be successful in a big way, notching 21 points in a recent victory over team AEFCT and averaging 20.3 points per game this season. Those numbers have come after the shooting guard had a bumpy start to his rookie campaign, dealing with minor injuries such as a sprained ankle and adjusting to life in Portugal.
Ebanks has a one-year deal with Angrabasket, who are based in the Azores region of Portugal. The semipro club has been in existence since 1998 and is aiming to gain promotion into Proliga – Portugal’s second-biggest competition – after being relegated last season.