In the week leading up to the ninth annual Capital Classic, local All-Star Coach Gene Doane was asked time and time again how he would counteract the decided height advantage the US All-Stars enjoyed. Doane devised a four-guard offense to take advantage of his strength and counteract the height disadvantage with quickness. Doane selected Johnny Dawkins, Jeff Baxter, Linwood Davis and Doug Turner to out-hustle and out-maneuver their US counterparts.
The United States team was anchored by 7-foot Brad Lohaus, 6-11 Brad Daugherty (Cleveland Cavaliers), and 6-10 Kerry Boagni. “We knew we couldn’t play with their big men, but we thought we could wear them down and keep our guys fresh for the second half,” said Doane. The strategy paid dividends, as the Capital All-Stars continually frustrated their taller counterparts, winning 82-79. Mackin High product Johnny Dawkins led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Len Bias (Northwestern High) totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds, as the local team won for the fourth time in nine years. Dawkins, who went on to star at Duke, and Bias, a Maryland All-American were named co-MVP’s for the Capital All-Stars. With 20 seconds remaining and the score tied at 79, Jeff Baxter (Carroll) connected on two free throws to give the Capital All-Stars the lead for good. Seneca Valley’s Doug Turner added another free throw with 4 seconds left for the final margin of victory. The fourguard offense proved effective, limiting Brad Lohaus and Daugherty to a total of 10 points.
WHEN YOU’RE HOT. . . Few players in Capital Classic history have enjoyed shooting nights like the 9 of 11 performance Johnny Dawkins posted in 1982. The sleek guard finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 6 assists. The former Duke All-American has a career NBA scoring average of 13.1 points per game and played with the Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.