Dec 1, 2016

Capital All-Stars, 116, U.S. All-Stars 103

SMITH LIFTS LOCALS This Time It’s Michael Smith Who Dunks U.S. Stars

The 1990 Capital Classic will be remembered as the duel between Michael and Goliath. Behind the rugged, inside work of Dunbar High’s power forward Michael Smith, the Capital All-Stars came away with a 116-103 victory. The 6-foot-8 Smith battled inside against 7-6 Shawn Bradley (Dallas Mavericks) and 6-11 Melvin Simon – and came away not only with a victory, but with a Capital Classic record 33 points. Smith outplayed the highly publicized Bradley who finished the contest with 12 points, six rebounds and five blocks. The latter struggled with Smith’s and Grant Hill’s quickness around the basket. Smith punctuated his performance by dunking over Bradley for his final field goal of the game. “I had seen Michael (Smith) play in the Inner-high and he really rose to the occasion tonight,” said Capital All-Star coach Henry Lindsey of Cardozo High. Smith shared MVP honors with 6-8 Grant Hill (Orlando Magic) who contributed 17 points, three assists and four steals. Smith’s future Providence College teammate Robert Phelps led the U.S. All-Stars with 20 points on an array of dazzling moves to the basket. Phelps’ basket with just over 11 minutes remaining gave the U.S. All-Stars a two point advantage. But the local team scrapped back behind Smith, Hill, Lawrence Moten and Randolph Childress (17 points) to take a 101-92 advantage with 3:52 remaining, and fended off the U.S. All-Stars for its second consecutive victory.

Grant Hill #32 scoring a lay-up

The tallest player in Capital Classic history, 7-foot-6, Shawn Bradley #45

Dickey Simpkins goes up for the dunk