asketball s Garrett dies at 53
teams to participate in the Caribbean Championships again.
His former Cavaliers’ captain Adrian Craigwell, who later served as club and national men’s team coach, hailed Garrett as “a fantastic teammate and a great thinker of the game”.
“The sport of basketball has lost a great pioneer, an outstanding individual and someone who transcended both young and old in the sport. Along with Andrew Alleyne, I must give Derrick credit for us (Station Hill) achieving that historic first Division 1 crown in 1988. Although he wasn’t blessed with exceptional athleticism, he was a great thinker of the game,” Craigwell noted.
General manager of Cooperators General Insurance, Anton Lovell, who played with Garrett on the Barbados junior team which toured Puerto Rico in 1981, said he was still in shock at his passing.
Lovell recalled how he and some of the other players from the original Tri Stars schoolboy team such as Oliver Nicholas, Charlie Marshall, Terry “Elk” Inniss, Donald “Camoul” Grant and Ronald Baker as well as Patrick Tannis, coach George Shepherd and trainer Mac Fingall, visited him at his Kingsland home.
“He shook our hands, said he was glad to see us and thanked us for coming,” Lovell said.
“He was a decent gentleman, a real team player, someone who was fundamentally sound and intelligent.
“A quiet, unassuming person but one of the things I admired him for is that under his stewardship, he was real firm. Basketball will miss a real positive contributor.
“He really did a lot for basketball, stayed with the sport throughout from a junior national player to Division 1 and straight into administration,” Lovell said.
“His leadership was exhibited. When he picked up basketball, it was going downhill, but Garrett managed to stabilise the sport and you could see every year, the administration of the sport started to improve.” firstname.lastname@example.org