as­ket­ball s Gar­rett dies at 53

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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.” ezras­tu­art@na­tion­

BABA PRES­I­DENT Der­rick Gar­rett passed away yes­ter­day.

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