A headline in yesterday's sports section incorrectly reported the outcome of the D.C. Coaches Association All-Star basketball game Thursday at Spingarn High School. The East team won, 86 to 85.
Robert Smith sank two free throws with five seconds to play to lift the East team to a 86-85 win over the West in the D.C. Coaches Association All-Star basketball game last night at Spingarn High School.
Dunbar's Darryl McLane made both one-and-one foul shots to give the West an 85-82 lead with 23 seconds left, but Spingarn's Melvin Middleton, the East MVP, made a 15-footer to cut the deficit to one with 13 seconds left.
The West inbounded the ball but Dunbar's Kevin Washington missed a left-handed bank shot from in close, and Smith pulled down the rebound. He was fouled as he dribbled up court and, following a timeout, made both free throws.
The West rushed up court, but McKinley's Warren Poindexter missed a long jumper at the buzzer.
"Great defensive job, good coaching at the end of game," East Coach Bobby Burrell said with a laugh. Burrell, a Spingarn assistant coach, acted as head coach in place of John Wood. "I've won as a head coach, and now I'm retired."
For the West, Allen had 14 points and McKinley's Kenny Maxwell, McLane and Coolidge's David Green each had eight.
The Leading scorers for the East were Middleton and H.D. Woodson's Freddie McCoy with 12 each. Smith had 11, and H.D. Woodson's Tim Chase 10.
After the East moved out to an eight-point third-period lead, the West rallied. Wilson's Poopie James (the West MVP with 17 points) and McLane scored two baskets and Roosevelt's Alphonso Allen scored at the buzzer to pull the West within four, 67-63, at the end of three periods.
The score remained close throughout the fourth quarter.
In the girls game, Adrian Elliott scored nine of her 17 points in the third period, and the East All-Stars held on to beat the West, 50-47.
The score was tied, 29-29, at halftime before 5-foot-8 Elliott, a member of top-ranked H.D. Woodson's Interhigh championship team, began to take over. The senior, named MVP for the East, put her team ahead to stay, 33-31, on a driving layup early in the third quarter. She added two fast-break layups after West mistakes and the East took a 46-37 lead going into the final period.