Capital All-Stars 111, U.S. All-Stars 100
ALL-AMERICAN BACKCOURT UPENDED Capitals Shock Jay Williams and the U.S.
Chris Monroe (George Washington) scored a team-high 22 points and Roger Mason (Virginia) added 14 of his 16 in the second half to lead the Capital All-Stars to a 111-100 victory over the U.S. All-Stars in front of a crowd of 9,122 at MCI Center. It was the local team’s first victory since 1993 and just the ninth in the game’s 26 years. After the first five minutes, it looked as if the Capital team would have few good memories. Jay Williams (Chicago Bulls), the 1999 McDonald’s National Player of the Year, led an opening burst that left the Capital team trailing 20-2. Williams scored 10 of his game-high 27 points during that stretch. The US team stretched its lead to 48-24 midway through the second quarter before the Capital team showed signs of life. A three-point play by Monroe and dunks by Coolidge’s Derick Payne and Courtland Freeman (Georgetown) sparked a 16-0 run that helped the Capital All-Stars close to 54-50 at halftime. Monroe was named the Capital team’s most valuable player. Mason and Monroe said there was some pride at stake after the opening minutes, particularly with Williams and Jason Garner (Arizona), 22 points, scoring at ease. “They bring these guys in from around the country,” Mason said. “It is just another opportunity to show what I can do … it feels great to play hard and be one of the only teams to beat the [national] team.” It also marked the first meeting between Williams and Maryland point guard Steve Blake.