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Georgetown Recruits Shine In Talent Show

Egerson, Sapp Dominate in Second Half: U.S. All-Stars 123, Capital All-Stars 97

By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 23, 2005; Page D12

College basketball season doesn't begin for nearly seven months, but one local university's supporters probably can't wait after last night's Capital Classic.

Georgetown recruits Marc Egerson and All-Met Jessie Sapp took turns dominating in the second half at Patriot Center, where Egerson's U.S. All-Stars routed the Sapp's Capital team, 123-97, in front of 3,127 fans.

Incoming Georgetown recruit Marc Egerson (game-high 21 points) of Philadelphia shoots over the Capital team's Robert Diggs at Patriot Center. (John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)

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Egerson, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Berean Institute in Philadelphia, scored a game-high 21 points, the majority of which came on acrobatic layups that required him to slither past defenders in the lane. Sapp, a 6-3 guard from National Christian in Fort Washington, had 14 points, 10 coming in the second half.

"I've played with Jessie in the Charm City [Challenge] two weeks ago, and now I've played against him," Egerson said. "It's going to be nice when I get to Georgetown, because I'll have someone I already know, somebody to hang out with. Jessie is a good player, sees the floor really well."

Sapp said: "This shows that Georgetown recruited a lot of good players, a lot of good talent coming in next year. Everyone needs to watch out next year. Me and Marc have become close."

Last night was the first time since 2001 that the event pitted a team of all-stars from around the country against a team of Washington area standouts. The U.S. team had dominated in recent years, winning six of the previous eight games; it was also the most lopsided outcome since 1988, when the U.S. team won, 112-83.

It was apparent by late in the first half that the U.S. All-Stars were headed for a blowout win. They established a 21-point lead two minutes before the break and never looked back.

"We just didn't play as a team," said O'Connell All-Met Marcus Ginyard, who had 13 points and four rebounds. "We tried to have too much fun at the beginning. I had fun, but it didn't exactly work out for us on the scoreboard."

Oak Hill's Jamont Gordon and Montrose Christian All-Met Uche Echefu were selected as their team's respective most valuable players. Gordon, a 6-foot-4 guard who has committed to Mississippi State, scored 17 points and had a game-best six assists. Echefu, who is choosing between Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland, among others, had 18 points and seven rebounds.

"It's a great honor to for me, I'm so excited," Echefu said. "I just played my game."

The U.S. All-Stars took their first lead at 11-10 and were never challenged after that. They made 8 of 16 three-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes and were ahead 62-41 at halftime. Egerson had 11 first-half points.

"We didn't play together, we got sloppy with the ball," said Echefu. "Everyone was just jacking up shots and we had too many turnovers and we didn't get back on defense. I thought we would play better as a team."

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