After preserving the District All-Stars' lead with a big blocked shot, Jimmy Conyers decided to cap his team's victory in the final seconds of the regional game of the Capital Classic with his own exclamation point. With an unobstructed fast break after his block, the National Christian senior completed the District's 107-102 victory over the Suburban All-Stars with a dazzling double-pump reverse slam dunk that drew whoops from the crowd at Patriot Center.
"The first thing is that you've got to make it, and that's one of the dunks I always make," said Conyers, who was named the District team's most valuable player. "I wanted to give the crowd something to enjoy."
District All-Star Devin Sweetney, right, from Riverdale Baptist, provides defense against Ryan Scott (South Lakes). DeMatha's Jordan Nichols, center, helps out.
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Conyers, who will play for Akron next year, finished with a game-best 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and tied the game high with 10 rebounds. Diamond Avery of Riverdale Baptist added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the District team, and his Riverdale teammate Devin Sweetney added 16 points. Suitland's Christian Jackson led the Suburban team with 18 points.
Conyers's dunk was the fitting finish to a fast-paced game that had eight ties and 11 lead changes and was not decided until the final minute. After trailing by eight points early in the third quarter, the District stars turned their fortunes around with defense and rebounding, and they never trailed in the fourth quarter. The District out-rebounded the Suburban team 73-55 and had 16 blocked shots.
"We were down at halftime, but [Coach Butch McAdams] got us ready," Sweetney said. "He told us to play good defense, and that would get our offense going."
Trailing by three with less than two minutes left, the Suburban stars had several good three-point chances to tie the game, but they missed three attempts before Wakefield's Alex Irmer (16 points, 10 rebounds) made two free throws to cut it to 103-102 with 33 seconds left. Irmer was named his team's most valuable player.
The District stars immediately bounced back with a breakaway layup by Avery, and the Suburban stars moved back quickly to get a shot. But Ryan Scott's three-pointer was emphatically blocked by Conyers, who got his own rebound and moved down the floor for the dunk.
"We had some chances, so, yeah, it's disappointing," Jackson said. "But this is our last game, we're here to have a fun time."