1986

U.S. All-Stars 127, Capital All-Stars 118

HUERY’S HEROES U.S. Team Over Comes A Spectacular JR Reid Performance

The 13th annual Capital Classic featured two “new” basketball innovations: the three-point goal and a 45-second shot clock. Another innovation was also on the court in 6-foot-9 national high school Player of the Year J.R. Reid. Reid, of Kempsville (VA) High, had the Cole Field House crowd buzzing with excitement as he bulled his way around the lane. Playing as an at-large selection for the Capital All-Stars, Reid equaled Darrell Griffith’s 1976 scoring record of 29 points (broken in 1990 with Michael Smith’s 33 points) and matched Moses Malone’s 17-rebound effort of 1974. J.R. was not enough, however, as the U.S. All-Stars won 127-118, giving the U.S. team its third consecutive win and an 8-5 advantage in the annual event. Ron Huery fueled a third quarter U.S. All-Star run by scoring 11 of his 28 points in the period on drives to the basket and some long-range shooting. Future Georgia Tech star Brian Oliver, a strong defensive player,

dumped in 18 points including key free-throws in the final minute. Two of the best scorers in Washington basketball were also on display. Gonzaga High’s Mark Tillmon and DeMatha graduate Steve Hood compete against one another for the Metro title a few weeks earlier, but on this night they were a one-two scoring punch behind the inside efforts of Reid. Tillmon and Hood mixed accurate perimeter shooting and fast break baskets to score 18 and 17 points respectively. Several players on the 1986 roster went on to play together on the college level. Tillmon was joined at Georgetown by versatile center Sam Jefferson and point guard Dwayne Bryant. Alaa Abdelnaby and Phil Henderson teamed up at Duke, and Brian Oliver was joined at Georgia Tech by forward James Munlyn. “I enjoyed the way they handled things and the way we were treated,” reflected Oliver. “I also enjoyed the level of competition.”

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J.R. Reid #34 with a smooth finish off the glass

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J.R. Reid goes up for the easy two

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Steve Hood #44 fighting through the trap