Probably the only thing that could save the Metro All-Stars from considerable embarrassement in tonight's Capital Classic game against the United States All-Stars at Capital Centre in a last-minute change in the rules.
For instance, bringing back the three-point field goal so Billy Fields, the Metro Star's best shooter, can stand near midcourt and throw them in, or make it illegal for the U.S. Stars to score after getting an offensive rebound. Make them take the ball back outside, as in a half-court playground game, before shooting it again.
Of course, it won't happen.
As has been the case the last couple of years in this, one of the premier high school all-star games, the U.S. Stars are loaded and the Metro Stars are out of their league.
"In the five years we've had teams come here, this U.S. team is as good as any of them, especially at guard and forward," said De Matha Coach Morgan Wootten, who has coached in the classic before but is not on the staff this year.
The U.S. Stars have height and muscle, but their most impressive attribute is speed.
Dwight Anderson, a 6-foot-3 guard from Roth High School in Dayton, Ohio, is the fastest and considered by most coaches to be the best high school guard in the country. He averaged 36 points and 13 rebounds this season.
Anderson said he is going to Kentucky next year. The newly crowed national champion graduates four of its best players, but Anderson said, "They are getting some more big guys and they need someone like me to get the ball up court quick."
Another hot-shot guard is 6-5 Vince Taylor from Tate's Creek High School in Lexington, Ky., he injured his foot in practice Tuesday, but said he will play tonight. He is a smooth, complete player who played guard last year and forward this season, but will be a guard in college, he thinks. He averaged 30 points a game and is headed for either Duke or Michigan.
"I got psyched up watching Duke on television Monday," he said. "I like the coach, the players and their enthusiasm. I like a winner, too, and they are going to be one for a long time."
The leading scorer for the U.S. team is 6-2 guard Greg Goorjian from Crescenta Valley, Calif. He scored 43.3 a game and shot 58 percent.
Best of the Metro Stars is 6-3 Joe Holston, who averaged 19 points, six assists and five steals a game at Dunbar.
Fields, from Osbourn Park in Manassas, was the area's leading scorer with a 38-4 average. He has the long-range jumper but, at 6-4, he is a bit slow and the U.S. stars aren't about to give him the time he needs to get off his shots.
Three players from De Matha, the No. 1 high school team in the nation, will help the Metro Stars, who are coached by Les Lombardi of Churchill. They are 6-2 Dutch Moley, 6-5 Charles Grant and 6-2 Paul DeVito.
The 8 p.m. game will be preceded by a 6 o'clock prelimnary between the D.C. All-Stars and Suburban All-Stars.