Sounding more like a heavyweight boxing title bout than the nation’s premier prep all-star game, the 1985 Capital Classic game was billed as the “Battle of the Big Men.” The Capital All-Stars were anchored by versatile 6-foot-10 national high school Player-of-the-Year Danny Ferry of DeMatha High School, while the United States All-Stars countered with 7-1 Tito Horford of Marian Christian High in Houston, Texas. But the two main attractions took a backseat to their
teammates, as the United States All-Stars piled up 89 second half points to defeat the Capital All-Stars 142-120. The 142-point tally for the national team broke a nine-year old scoring record of 138 points by the U.S. team in 1976. Reserves Rick Calloway (Kansas) and Ed Horton (Iowa) combined for 45 points and 15 rebounds, and the U.S. guards Kenny Wilson (Villanova) and Michael Porter (St. John’s) teamed together for 21 more points to fuel the United States team. Tito Horford added 16 points, out-scoring his counterpart Ferry by seven points. “The ball just wasn’t dropping,” offered a disappointed Ferry. The Capital All-Stars trailed by only 53-48 at intermission, but were slowly worn down by the taller U.S. Stars. The 6-8 Horton muscled in 15 of his 21 points in the third period to help the U.S. team increase its lead to 10 entering the final quarter. “We were able to dominate the inside and came up with key rebounds,” said U.S. Coach Bill Fox (Fr. Judge HS, Philadelphia). Local star Sherman Douglas (Spingarn) penetrated the U.S. defense for 24 points. Tim Anderson (Coolidge) posted 20 points and 11 rebounds enroute to his teams MVP award.
THE FLOOR GENERAL Sherman Douglas has been exhibiting his considerable basketball skills to coaches and fans since leading Spingarn High to a 31-0 record and Washington, DC City title as a prep senior. Douglas went on to Syracuse University where he set the all-time NCAA career assist record with 960 and a 12-year career in the NBA including stints with the Bucks, Celtics and Nets.