One of Barbados’ greatest ever basketballers Malcolm ‘Mally’ Stanton has passed away.
The late outstanding hoopster, 68, died yesterday after losing his battle against cancer. Stanton was invariably the first name on the selection sheet for the senior Barbados team in the 1970s and 1980s.
Local basketball enthusiasts who attended the YMCA facility on Pinfold Street and other basketball courts around the island and saw Stanton play, still speak in awe of his exceptional shooting ability.
Francis Williams, president of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association, today described Stanton’s death as a great loss to the basketball and wider sporting fraternity. Francis explained that Stanton’s performance was one that stood out across the region where he was renowned.
“Mally Stanton would have been one of the legends of our local game. Not only for what he achieved for the teams he played for, Lakers and Springfield, but also what he did for the national team especially in regional and international competitions.
“Even as I travel on basketball business, there are still persons who ask about or make reference to the ability that Mally had, so it is a tremendous loss in that regard. I just want to offer condolences to his family, former teammates, friends from the basketball association, “ Williams said.
President of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Glyne Clarke shared similar sentiments to Francis, rating Stanton not only as one of the region’s best basketball players but an exceptional three-point shooter who was well ahead of his time.
“Mally would have been an outstanding player in the late 70s and 80s. A tremendous basketball player, fantastic shooter. I think he was way ahead of his time because he made a lot of three-point shots in his time. The Caribbean Basketball Championship would have come along when he was in his senior years but he was an outstanding player.
“I was sorry to hear yesterday that he had passed. As I go from country to country throughout the region people of his age would ask for him and ask me to give him their regard and so on. So, he was very well respected among the other players who he would have competed against in the Caribbean,” Clarke said.
Sharing a personal touch to the level of respect Stanton’s peers had for him not just in Barbados but the Caribbean, Clarke added: “Victor O’Garro, a Trinidadian who now lives in Cayman Islands, when I became president of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation we held a meeting here (Barbados) in 2015 and he remembered Stanton. O’Garro said to me ‘I have not seen Mally in a long time, he was an outstanding player of my time and I would like to see him’.
“I took the opportunity and got Mally to come down at the Radisson Hotel to see O’Garro who still talks about that. He hadn’t seen Mally all those years when they would have competed against each other, but just shows how he competed and the level of respect he had among his peers. So, I am sure the other members of the basketball fraternity would join me in extending our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.”
Former national player Timothy Slinger who shared the basketball court with Stanton on numerous occasions paid tribute to his friend.
“I was shocked and devastated when I learnt of the passing of Malcolm “Mally” Stanton on Sunday.
We have been friends for over 50 years and despite our keen and sometimes fierce rivalry on the basketball court over the years, we never lost our friendship. Mally was a true gentleman, kind and always one to flash a smile.
We both represented Barbados on several occasions and were part of the 1978 CAC contingent held in Medellin, Colombia.
I wish to express condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.”