The basketball community of Antigua and Barbuda is mourning the loss of former national player, Rowan ‘Tekel’ Gomes, who passed away on Monday evening.
The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) along with the rest of the fraternity would like to express sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.
ABBA President Michael Freeland said, “We grew up knowing the name Tekel and seeing how he dominated around the rim.
Hearing of the news of his passing is a shock to us. He has truly left a legacy behind and is one of the many legends who have paved the way for players today. Rest in peace to a legend and a gentle giant.”
Gomes attended Hampton University and was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1987. Although he did not play in the NBA, Gomes played professionally in Spain and Australia.
He was an integral part of the Bulldogs team in the late 80s and early 90s, along with greats like Noel ‘Nia’ Roberts, Wayne ‘Doc’ Harris, Carl ‘Bowlie’ Knight, Richie Francis and Eustace ‘Spud’ Davis.
Gomes played for Lester’s Flyers and Deputy Quakers on the local scene. In 2016, the division one leading block shot award was renamed in his honor. Two years later, he briefly took the mantle as the head coach of the Potters Steelers.
Gomes had previously coached the Foster Jonas Hawks to an undefeated season where they won the Division Three title back in 1983.
At the time of his passing, Gomes was working with Baba Trucking.