Alex 'Barbs' Barbary made his return to Worthing Thunder on Saturday night, which saw him start for the team and claim the games MVP with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Barbs first signed with the Div 1 team back in 2012, but saw limited court time, due to his age and limited experience with mens basketball. He decided to drop down to Div 4 and then up to Div3, to gain confidence and get used the differences between the junior game and the mens game, before resigning with Thunder earlier this summer.
Barbs started his basketball career with Crawley Cagers in 2005, as an U12, and it soon became apparent that he was set to be a good player. He was a big part of Cagers's first real success, as that U12 team won the Maidstone U12 tournament, and would go on to win a lot more.
Jump forward 2 years and Alex was at the centre piece of the first Cagers team to ever win the Sussex league. Unfortunately they narrowly missed out on the play-offs title, by losing out to Haywards Heath Eagles in the finals. The team wouldn't complete the double until their last season together.
It wasn't until 2009 that Alex started taking basketball more seriously. He quit football and started his National League career, with his first season with Worthing Thunder at U16. Thunder reached the National Quarter-Finals that year losing out to a tough Cheshire Jets team. Alex did however help lead Cagers U16 to their second league title, but once again they narrowly lost in the play-offs, this time to Angmering Cobras.
2011, and Barbs's last season as a junior, saw him help lead Cagers once again to a league title (3/3) and this time, for the first time, claim the play-off title to go alongside. Alex also made the South East Regional team for the first time (as an U17) and helped Worthing Thunder claim the National title in a thrilling 1 point win over Chesire Jets. Alex, along with other Cagers at the time, Pete Ngona & James Tribe, still remain to be the only Cagers players to have ever won a National title.
Alex joined the University of Chichester in 2012 and played for their Uni team (captain for the last 2 seasons) and the Chichester Thunder Div 4 team. Barbs quickly found his feet and has been the leading scorer for both teams, for both seasons. Last season he decided to up the level a bit and joined Solent Kestrels in Div 3. After seeing limited minutes all year, due to Solent having quiet a tight rotation, Alex decided to go home and rejoin Worthing Thunder.
All of us here at Cagers are massively proud of Barbs's achievements and wish him the best for the upcoming season.
If you want to catch him and Selby in action for Worthing Thunder, then head down to Worthing Leisure Centre this weekend.
Saturday 27th September 2014
6:00PM @ Worthing Leisure Centre
vs Kent Crusaders
National Trophy Match