Nov 28, 2016

U.S. All-Stars 105, Capital All-Stars 102

U.S. Team Holds off Bryant Crawford and Capital All- Stars

 By Gabe Hiatt of the Washington Post

On any other night, Steve Turner would have been elated. But when Bryant Crawford backpedaled down the court at Catholic University’s DuFour Center and basked in a made three-pointer, the Gonzaga coach turned his back on his star senior.  Late in the fourth quarter of the 42nd annual Capital Classic on Friday night, Crawford wanted to get a rise out of his coach. Turner was coaching a U.S. all-star team, and Crawford was stepping with a cocky hitch in his neon green sneakers because he had just created a two-possession lead for the Capital all-stars.  When Crawford’s parade made it to the U.S. bench, Turner spun around and looked in the stands. But the coach laughed last. The U.S. all-stars won the game, 105-102, despite a monstrous fourth quarter and 18 points from Crawford.  “I had to let him know I was going to heat up on him,” Crawford said.  “You know it’s going to happen,” Turner said. “I’ve coached the kid for four years. In those great game situations, he’s always going to find a way to step up. He found a way to step up for his team tonight.” After falling behind by 12 in the first quarter, the Capital all- stars took their first lead on a fast-break dunk from Turner’s other pupil, Gonzaga forward Sam Miller (Dayton).

For the rest of a contest billed as “the nation’s most legendary high school all-star game,” the homegrown Capital team proved it could equal a U.S. team featuring eight players ranked in ESPN’s top 100 recruits for the Class of 2015. Clinton Christian guard and Minnesota recruit Kevin Dorsey played his best in the fourth quarter, matching Crawford with 18 points. He flexed his biceps after finishing a three-point play that put the capital team up by seven. But the U.S. all-stars cut the lead to two in no time, and North Carolina commit Luke Maye tied the game at 100.  South Carolina recruit P.J. Dozier, who tied with Malik Beasley (Florida State) for the U.S. team lead with 16 points, drew a foul and rattled in a hook shot, then hit the free throw to put the U.S. all-stars up by three. Dorsey countered with two points and a foul, but a lane violation denied him of the chance to tie the game.  Crawford launched a shot at the top of the key in the final 10 seconds, but the three clanged off the front of the rim.  “We see these people all year, all summer, play with them in camps,” Crawford said. “We weren’t worried about them. We’ve got talent, too.”  Largo forward and All-Met Player of the Year Abdulai Bundu, a Quinnipiac recruit, made his presence felt with 21 points and eight rebounds. Maye was named the game’s MVP after scoring 15 points to go with 12 rebounds, etching his mark into an event that’s hosted single- name icons including LeBron and Magic.  “My shot was falling, so I just kept shooting it and try to win,” Maye said.