Capital All-Stars 118, U.S. All-Stars 116 2OT
DOUBLE OVERTIME Amaker, Bogues Help Locals Offset Bennett, Blackmon
One of the most exciting finishes in Capital Classic history saw the Capital All-Stars win 118-116 in double overtime on a tip-in by Bernard Day of H.D. Woodson High School. Starring for the local team was 5-foot-3 Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues (Golden State Warriors) of Baltimore’s Dunbar High. Bogues’ harassing defense and playmaking skills captured the hearts of fans as he contributed six steals, six assists and six points. Backcourt mate Tommy Amaker (W.T. Woodson) paced the locals with 17 points, but it was Day’s tip-in that enabled the Capital All-Stars to tie the annual series at five games each. Winston Bennett, Keith Gatlin and James Blackmon helped the U.S. All-Stars to a 56-48 halftime lead, but the defensive pressure of Bogues and Amaker helped turn a ten-point deficit into a 104-102 lead with 0:14 seconds remaining. Keith Gatlin’s tip-in knotted the score at 104-104 at the end of regulation. The first overtime period again resulted in a stalemate after Amaker tied the score at 112 with two free-throws. With 0:33 seconds left in the second overtime session and the game tied at 116, the Capital All-Stars played for the last shot. Bogues dished to Ernie Graham, whose 17-foot jump shot rimmed out to the waiting arms of Capital center Bernard Day. Day tipped the ball back in the basket as the buzzer sounded, giving his team the stunning win. Winston Bennett hauled down 16 rebounds and scored 23 points in a losing cause. Bennett and James Blackmon were named co-MVP’s for the U.S. team while Bogues collected the honor for the Capital team.