Capital All-Stars 112, U.S. All-Stars 101
A NEW CENTURY OF ALL-STARS Streak Continues For Locals
The Capital All-Stars claimed victory over the U.S. All-Stars for the second consecutive year, the first time this has happened since 1988. The Capital All-Stars were led by co-MVP’s Bernard Robinson (Michigan) and Tamir Goodman. Robinson finished the game with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Goodman conducted the offense with eight assists of his own. Kyle Cuffe (St. John’s) registered 20 points and eight rebounds to earn MVP honors for the U.S. All-Stars. The game began as a duel, as the lead never exceeded six points in the opening quarter. U.S All-Star 7-6 center Neil Fingleton was a dominating defensive force with three blocks in the period alone. On the offensive end of the floor, he demonstrated a variety of skillful post moves. With Fingleton overpowering defenders under the basket, Capital All-Star Maurice Young (Virginia) kept his team in business with six points of his own early in the game.
The second quarter brought additional excitement – and the crowd of 9,835 to its feet – as U.S. All-Star Julius Page (Pittsburgh) took over the show. Left alone on the break, Page threw down a lefthanded windmill dunk to energize the U.S. team. The third quarter saw the U.S. team increase their lead to 73-60 behind the play of Cuffe and Scott Hazelton (Rhode Island). However, the Capital All-Stars fought back with the help of Michael Sweetney (New York Knicks), who began to assert himself in the low post. Early in the fourth quarter, the Capital All-Stars began to take control behind the leadership of Goodman, as one of his assists to Sweetney resulted in a dunk making the score 97-96. The next play saw Goodman hit David Hawkins (Tulane) for a dunk, and then Hawkins scored again to make it 101-96 with three minutes remaining. Robinson blocked a critical shot with just over a minute left to ignite a fastbreak that resulted in a Sweetney dunk to seal the game, 112-101.