Behind Spingarn High’s Earl Jones, the Capital All-Stars were victorious for the third consecutive year earning an 84-81victory in the seventh annual Capital Classic. The 6-foot-10 Jones clogged the middle defensively, rebounded and threw outlet passes to ignite the transition game. Those outlets fueled a 12-0, fourth quarter Capital run which pushed the locals to victory. Jones finished the contest with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and the Capital All-Star’s MVP award. “He (Jones) was the difference,” said US All-Star Charlie Sitton. “We took a lot of quick shots and that got us in trouble.” The United States All-Stars enjoyed their usual height advantage with 6-11 Joe Kleine, 6-10 Tim McCormick and 6-9 Bret Bearup, but the three big men were held to a total of 21 points. McMinnsville (OR) High’s Charlie Sitton led the US scoring attack with 15 points, while Glenn Rivers (Atlanta Hawks) and James Banks added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sitton and Rivers combined to hit on 12 of 18 shots. Arnie Russell (T.C. Williams) led the locals with 17 points, while Tom Sluby (Gonzaga) chipped in with 14.
OPERATING AT ALL LEVELS Glenn “Doc” Rivers came to the Capital Classic as the 1980 Chicago Sun times Prep Basketball Player of the Year. Rivers was regarded as the top defensive guard in the class of 1980 and went on to earn 1983 All-America honors at Marquette University before entering the NBA draft as a junior. Playing for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks as a second round pick, Rivers was named second team All-Rookie in 1984. He is the Hawks’ alltime assists leader.