Solid man-to-man defense and a balanced scoring attack enabled the United States All-Stars to defeat a highly-touted group of Capital All-Stars 100-88 in the 14th annual Capital Classic. Under the direction of coaches George Glymph (Eau Claire High, SC) and Jim Childers (Lower Richland High, SC), the visitors looked as if they had played together all year, as opposed to their three days of preparation. The first half saw the U.S. team’s stick defense hold local all-American players Dennis Scott, Rodney Monroe, Perry Carter and Anthony Tucker to just 24 points. Collectively, the Capital All-Stars shot 36 percent from the field, including one of ten shooting from three-point range. Meanwhile, the U.S. All-Stars placed ten of twelve players in the scoring column to take a 49-40 halftime lead. The national team outscored the locals 12-6 to open the second half and never looked back. The victory gave the U.S. All-Stars a 9-5 series advantage, including four straight wins. Future Duke star Greg Koubek paced the U.S. team with 14 points, and shared co-MVP honors with future New York Knick star Larry Johnson of Skyline, Texas. Johnson chipped in 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. John Crotty added 13 points for the U.S. cause. Tucker was voted the Capital All-Star’s Most Valuable Player, scoring 14 points and tugging down 10 rebounds.