The 1997 U.S. All-Stars were led to a 125-113 victory behind the muscle of 6-foot-8 forward Elton Brand. The Duke recruit scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and was named MVP of the United States All-Stars. Brand was aided by Oak Hill Academy star and future Duke teammate William Avery who totaled 22 points and UCLA recruit Baron Davis’ brilliant all-around effort of 14 points, nine assists and five steals. With the Capital All-S tars leading 58-53
with a minute remaining in the first half, the U.S. All-Stars went on an 8-0 run behind Avery and Davis. Avery connected on two drives into the lane and Davis added a steal resulting in a lay-up and the U.S. team went to the half with a 61-58 cushion. “Those last few minutes of the first hall really took some air out of us,” says Capital All-Stars coach Mike Hibbs.
In the second half, Maryland recruit Terence Morris, along with Georgetown signees Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Anthony Perry kept the Capital All-Stars in the game. Perry scored 16 points and Morris added 20 with deft outside shooting as Boumtje Boumtje controlled the backboard. Crowd favorite Morris finished the game shooting 3-4 from three-point range and 8-11 from the field.