Coming out aggressive and ready to play, the Capital All-Stars outscored the U.S. All-Stars 48-28 in the first quarter en route to a 149-145 win in the 34th annual Capital Classic.
Capital All-Stars power forward/center Augustus Gilchrist, one of four Virginia Tech recruits in the game, captured MVP honors. Playing hard on both ends of the court throughout the game, the Progressive Christian star scored 24 points on 11-17 shooting and corralled nine rebounds to lead his team to victory.
After a disastrous first period, the U.S. All-Stars, spurred on by a late second quarter run, cut the deficit to 12 heading into halftime. Fending off a more determined U.S. team in the third quarter, the Capital All-Stars kept the 12-point lead heading into the final period.
The U.S. squad got to within two points on several occasions in the fourth quarter. They trailed 142-140 late in the fourth quarter but could not tie or capture the lead. A clutch 3-pointer by DeMatha Cathloic guard Jeff Peterson pushed the lead to 145-140, deflating the U.S. team’s comeback hopes.
The Capital team enjoyed a well balanced attack on the night, as 10 of its 12 players scored in double figures. Besides Gilchrist, no other player scored in the 20s. Eleanor Roosevelt forward Darnell Dodson, a Pitt recruit, led the way in the first half with 16 points.
The U.S. team was led by Virginia Tech guard recruit Delaney, who scored 31 points and had seven steals. Delaney was 4-7 from beyond the arc. Forward Mike Scott, a UVa signee, poured in 25 points on 11-18 shooting. Guard Terrence Oglesby, a Clemson recruit, drained six of 13 from 3-point range and scored 20 points. Delaney and Scott combined for 34 second-half points in the comeback effort.
Delaney, Oglesby and Scott earned all-tournament teams honors for the U.S. team, while Dodson and Sherwood guard Deontay Twyman earned all-tournament honors for the Capital squad.
The U.S. All-Stars were without two top big men in 7-1 Solomon Alabi and 6-9 Braxton Dupree. Alabi signed with Florida State and Dupree, who was injured, has signed with Maryland. … Oglesby certainly can shoot and shoot from long range. But, after making 4 of 5 3s in the first half, he cooled down and made only 2 of 8 3s in the second half. … The night’s best dunk goes to Twyman....
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