H.D. Woodson's Bernard Day ended a three-hour marathon of fouls (77) and field goal attempts (215) last night, tipping in a missed shot with one second left in double overtime to give the Capital All-Stars a 118-116 come-from-behind victory over the U.S. All-Stars in the 10th annual Capital Classic before 10,930 at Capital Centre.
"I just went to the lane looking for the ball," said Day, who finished with six points. "I didn't know how much time was left. I saw the ball and just waited for it to come off. It bounced right to me."
Day wasn't the winners' only star. Terry Long of Hermitage (Va.) had 12 points, 15 rebounds and four assists; W.T. Woodson's Tommy Amaker had 17; Spingarn's Michael Graham had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Dunbar of Baltimore's 5-3 Tyrone Bogues, finished with six points, six assists, six steals and the respect of everyone as he was named the locals' most valuable player.
"(With Bogues) You don't have to worry about ballhandling and can concentrate on other things," said Amaker, who helped Bogues disrupt the U.S. team's floor game in the final minutes of regulation and overtime. "No one can take the ball from him. He's unbelievable. We worked together well."
Amaker and Bogues will see each other often in the next four years. Amaker, headed for Duke, and Bogues, en route to Wake Forest, teamed up with five minutes to go in regulation to rally their team from a 10-point deficit.
Bogues forced two turnovers, both resulting in Capitals' baskets, and Amaker sank two baskets as the locals closed within 102-99 with two minutes left.
Amaker's two free throws put his team ahead, 103-102, with 1:12 left.
But the U.S. team--getting fine play from Kentucky-bound Winston Bennett (23 points, 16 rebounds) and James Blackmon (15 points, seven rebounds, six assists) and Maryland-bound Keith Gatlin (18 points)--stayed right there.
The teams took turns missing oportunities to win from the foul line until Gatlin tipped in a shot at the buzzer to tie the game at 104 and force the first overtime.
"We both had our chances to win the game," said Capitals Coach Red Jenkins of W.T. Woodson. "I figured our chances were good with both Amaker and Bogues in there. They went in there and lit it up."
After the U.S. team went ahead, 112-108, on a power move by Bennett and two free throws by Gatlin with 55 seconds left, the locals' mini-back court of 6-foot Amaker and Bogues went to work.
Amaker scored four points, including two shots from the line with eight seconds left, to force another overtime.
Amaker and Long scored for the locals and Bennett and Gatlin each made two free throws to keep the game tied at 116 with 33 seconds to play. The Capitals then played for one shot.
Graham tried a long one-handed shot from the right side. The ball bounced off the rim right to a waiting Day. The 6-5 forward was all alone as he tipped the ball back in. The ball bounced around on the rim before falling through as the buzzer sounded.
"Their quickness in the back court forced some turnovers and that hurt us," said U.S. Coach Warren Rutledge of Benedictine High School in Richmond. "It could have gone either way. I'm sure the fans enjoyed it."
"It was everything I expected it to be, a good physical game," said Bennett.
Both teams opened rather sloppily, committing a total of 19 fouls in the first period. The locals were outrebounded in the first half, 40-36, but got nine points from Cardozo's Lyndon DeBellotte and six from St. John's Rodney Rice and trailed only 58-54 at the half.
The U.S. team used its height advantage to take command in the third period. Bennett, 6-9 Mike Smith and 6-10 Joe Wolf all scored inside as the visitors went ahead, 83-73, after three periods. They maintained that advantage until the locals' smaller players got going.
In the preliminary game, Mount Vernon's Eric Brent scored 14 points to lead the Suburban All-Stars to a 107-94 victory over the District All-Stars.