1979

Capital All-Stars 86, U.S. All-Stars 85

IT’S A SELLOUT! 19,035 Witness Sampson Battle Bowie

The “Battle of the Giants,” Ralph Sampson vs. Sam Bowie, drew the first sellout in Capital Classic History, as 19,035 fans sat in on a 86-85 Capital All-Star victory. Sampson, playing as an at large selection for the local team, dominated the annual affair, grabbing a Capital Classic record 21 rebounds and scoring 23 points to earn Capital All-Star MVP honors. The 7-foot-3 Harrisonburg, VA, native was the center of attention, but it was DeMatha’s Dereck Whittenburg who played the role of hero, canning an 18-foot jumper from the corner with eight seconds remaining to give the locals the victory.  Whittenburg’s shot was set up with his team trailing 84-83 and just 19 seconds remaining. Capital All-Star Quintin Dailey forced a shot that was blocked bye US All-Star Derrick Hord. The ball then bounced in and out of the hands of Sam Bowie and rolled to Whittenburg in the corner. The 6-0 guard wasted no time in launching his shot. The United States team was led by 6-7 forward Dominique Wilkins, who scored 26 dazzling points and still found time to grab eight rebounds. Clark Kellogg (CBS Sports broadcast analyst) collected 19 points and gathered 13 rebounds to share US MVP accolades with Wilkins. James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers) and Greg Kite combined for eight points. US All-Star coach Jock Sutherland (Lafayette High School, Lexington, KY) summed up Sampson’s performance: “He’s the most dominating human being I’ve seen on the basketball court. If I was the Lord, I’d hidehim away and save him for a team in heaven.”

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1979 Capital All-Americans

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Ralph Sampson #33 in the high post as Sam Bowie defends

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Dominique Wilkins #21 pulls one of his magic moves in heavy traffic

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Ralph Sampson #33 with a monster jam

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Ralph Sampson tries to go around Tim Andree #33

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Ralph Sampson goes up against Tim Andree while Clark Kellogg #32 looks to rebound

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U.S. All-Stars, Dominique Wilkins #21 and Clark Kellogg #32 recieve Co-MVP Awards

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Most Valuable Player Award for the Capital All-Stars goes to Ralph Sampson

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1979 “Mr. Basketball” and Capital All-Star, Sidney Lowe