Riding a two year winning streak, the Capital All-Star team fell to the U.S. All-Stars, 114-89. After building a 47-44 halftime advantage, the Capital team had trouble putting the ball in the basket, shooting just 36 percent from the field in the second half. That was due in part to the presence of three U.S. big men: 6-foot-11 Cherokee Parks, 6-9 Alan Henderson and 6-10 Eric Meek. The trio combined for eight blocked shots and 34 rebounds as the U.S. defense dominated the second half of the eighteenth annual Capital Classic. Parks finished with 16 rebounds and was named the U.S. All-Stars’ Most Valuable Player. “In the second half, we got in rhythm and got pumped up,” said Parks. “Thing were going our way.” Point guard Travis Best directed the U.S. team’s offense, dishing out five assists and scoring 15 points. His defense proved equally impressive, as Best finished with four steals and pressured the locals into several other turnovers. The Capital team’s perimeter attack was led by swingman Johnny Rhodes’ (Maryland) 15 points. Herndon’s Luteke Kalombo’s (LaSalle) 14 points and Bart Lammersen’s (Stanford) 17 rebounds paced the inside game. After 44 years of coaching at D.C.’s St. John’s High, Joe Gallagher orchestrated play from the sidelines for the final time in his career. “I’ve kept my record perfect. I’m 0-3 in these games,” quipped Gallagher after the game.