U.S. All-Stars 123, Capital All-Stars 97
The U.S. All Stars Defeat Capital All Stars in a Year of Uncertainty for the Tournament
The United States All-Stars defeated the Capital All-All-Stars 123-97, but it was uncertain if this would happen. The Capital Classic, known for its lineage of all-stars including the great Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Lebron James, and Chris Paul, had to operate without its biggest sponsorship. The Jordan Brand announced that they would host a similar event in New York, leaving Capital Classic founder Bob Geoghan with a tough decision to make.
Washington Post staff writer Tarik El-Bashir had a chance to interview the founder and get his answer on the future of the game. “I would never let the Capital Classic die,” Geoghan said “Hopefully, I’ll have an answer [regarding its future] by this time next week. I’m committed to the fans and the coaches and everyone who has supported this game for such a long time.”
The show ultimately did go on and the 32nd Annual Capital Classic was held at the Patriot Center in Virginia. Georgetown recruit Marc Egerson scored a team and game high 21 points for the United States All-Stars while his future teammate Jessie Sapp scored 14 for the Capital team. Uche Echefu scored the team high 18 points , earning him the MVP honor for the Capital team. Jamont Gordon scored 17 points and a game best of six assists, earning him MVP for the United States team.
In a year of uncertainty, the turnout was still pretty solid at 3,127. It does not match the crowd of 18,000+ who came out to see Lebron James and company, but it still shows that the Capital Classic is still alive and well and will continue for as long as Bob Geoghan wants it to continue.