Participating in the Capital Classic runs in the family for South Lakes senior Ryan Scott, who played for the Suburban All-Stars in last night's regional game at Patriot Center. His father, former NBA standout Dennis Scott, played in the featured game in 1987.
Ryan Scott, who will play for the College of Charleston next year, was one of four Suburban All-Stars to score in double digits, tallying 12 points to go with three rebounds.
"It means so much to play in this game," Ryan Scott said. "My dad told me to play hard because this was the game I worked so hard in my four years at South Lakes to get into."
Two father-son combinations have played in the main game: Patrick Ewing Jr. played in the Capital Classic in 2003, 21 years after his father, former NBA great Patrick Ewing, played in the featured game against Michael Jordan at Capital Centre. Hall of Famer Moses Malone and his son, Moses Malone Jr., were the first. The elder Malone played in the inaugural game in 1974. His son competed in 1998.
Leftwich Makes Transition
Sidwell Friends' George Leftwich retired from coaching at the end of the high school season, but his sideline duties weren't really over until the final buzzer of last night's Capital Classic. Leftwich, who will hang up the clipboard to take over as athletic director at Carroll next season, coached the Capital All-Stars in a 123-97 loss in the featured game.
Leftwich was a guard on the Carroll basketball team that won an historic 55 games in a row from 1958 to 1960. That team also included John Thompson Jr., Rev. Edward A. "Monk" Malloy, Tom Hoover and Walt Skinner.
"There are a lot of mixed emotions when you've been doing something for 40 years, and then you move on," Leftwich said. "I think it was a lot of fun [coaching in the Capital Classic], but the final score wasn't."
GMU Newcomers on Display
As a reserve on the U.S. team, Sammy Hernandez got an early taste of college by playing at Patriot Center, his future home court. Hernandez, a 6-foot-6 forward from Miami, has signed to play for George Mason next season.
Hernandez finished with two points and six rebounds last night.
"It's a very nice arena," Hernandez said. "I saw it when I made my visit, but it's fun to get a chance to play here once."
Hernandez, who attends Arlington Country Day School in Florida, will play with one of his Capital Classic opponents at George Mason -- Chris Fleming of Osbourn Park.
Matsui and His Fan Club
Montrose Christian guard K.J. Matsui received the biggest applause from the fans during introductions. He also drew oohs and aahs after a pair of slick bounce-pass assists early in the game.
"I don't know," Matsui said when asked why he got such a big response during introductions. "Maybe being Japanese. I have no idea, but it's great."
Staff writer Camille Powell contributed to this report.