U.S. All-Stars 107, Capital All-Stars 93
IT JUST WASN’T FALLIN’ US Drums Locals Again, Trio of Greenwood Toone and Drummer Carries U.S.
Every basketball coach will say it: “you live by the jump shot, you die by the jump shot.” For the first 21 minutes of the second annual Capital Classic, the 1975 Capital All-Stars were on fire from long-range, but they suddenly went cold for a five-minute stretch late in the first half and the US All-Stars emerged victorious for a second consecutive year, 107-93. “We missed five straight 25-foot jump shots in the second quarter and that killed us. That is not basketball,” said local mentor A.B. Williamson (Eastern High). The US All-Stars used inside strength and tenacious rebounding to vanquish their opponents. David Greenwood (UCLA), a 6-9 forward, controlled the backboards on both ends of the floor and tallied 25 points at evening’s end. The Capital team looked to James “Turkey” Tillman (Eastern High) and Stacy Robinson (Dunbar High) for scoring. Tillman racked up 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting, while point guard Robinson added 20. Dunbar High’s Joe Thweatt chipped in with 16 points. COACH BENDER US All-Star Bob Bender recalls his Capital Classic experience: “It was fun to meet other players from around the country who you were compared with. I remember getting off to a good start, but then I didn’t finish well. The thing I’ll always remember was the incredible athletic ability on the floor. I don’t think any of us, at least at that point, had played with people on that level. It was a great experience to play in the Classic.