The 39th Annual Capital Classic was a major success. In the featured game, the U.S. and Capital All-Stars put on a show. Big time dunks, tough defense, and a competitive game were all the factors that made this game so entertaining. When it was all said and done the U.S. All-stars won 105-93.
Virginia Tech bound Montrezl Harrell of Hargrave Military Academy took home MVP honors for the U.S. All-stars. He put on a dunk fest for the fans gathered at T.C. Williams High School.
The main story line at this Capital Classic was the five incoming Maryland freshman who all participated on the same team. Sam Cassell Jr. added his name to the list early Saturday and after much speculation it is finally official. Cassell will be a Terp. Joining Cassell are Shaquille Cleare, a 6'10" center from Houston, Texas, Charles Mitchell, a 6'7" forward from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia, Seth Allen, a 6'2" guard from Fredericksburg Christian, and 6'8" Damonte Dodd of Queen Anne on Maryland's eastern shore. The terp-5 scored 49 of the 105 points for the U.S. All-Stars.
On the other side we had the local stars. The best of the DMV. The guys we've been covering night in and night out here at Capitol Hoops over the last 3+ months. It was special to see all of these super-stars on the same court, and on the same team for their last high school game.
Garland Owens was Montgomery County's loan representative. He caught a big time alley-oop to open up the second quarter.
The DCIAA had a loan representative as well. Khalen Cumberlander of the DCIAA Champion Coolidge Colts had a solid game going for eight points.
Justin Anderson, perhaps the biggest star the DMV has had over the last four years had a couple huge dunks. It was an interesting game for Anderson because there were a handful of sets of future college teammates playing in this game, however Anderson was playing against two future teammates at Virginia. Anderson finished with a team high 17 points. Justin's teammate at Montrose Christian Michael Carrera had his hands full in this game. He drew the assignment of 6'10" Shaquille Cleare and 6'10" Joel James. Carrera had a good putting, giving up five inches and holding his own on the block.
The IAC had three representatives in Episcopal's Kethan Savage, Arnaud Adala Moto, and Landon's Joe McDonald. McDonald and Savage will be teammates next year at George Washington. Episcopal coach Jim Fitzpatrick also coached the Capital All-Stars.
P.G. County had one representative in Largo's Derrick Colter. Colter's dazzling speed was on hand all evening, blowing by everyone on the court and setting teammates up all night.
The WCAC had two representatives, both members of Paul VI's championship team. Patrick Holloway and Coleman Johnson combined to score 11 points.
There was one player from Virginia public school's and that was Capital All-Star team MVP T.J. Huggins who scored 10 points. He played for the host school of the 39th Capital Classic, T.C. Williams.
Brandon Peel represented Riverdale Baptist and scored six points, and helped defend the U.S. All-star bigs.
The winning coach was Harry Martin from Patterson High School. Martin was joined by assistants Theodoric Bell and Eddie Lewis. The Patterson coaches who have coached Aquille Carr for the last three years had a great time coaching and really put their players through some tough practices. U.S. All-star Charles Mitchell had this to say, "Those guys were great, they really made us work and I wasn't really expecting that. We quickly learned what they were all about after our first practice was strictly conditioning."