Brian Chase sat in the locker room after yesterday's Parkway Classic All-Star boys basketball game, untied his sneakers, put on a white tank top and baggy jean shorts and shook his high school coach's hand for what might have been the last time.
But Chase knew it would not be his last chance to star on the court.
Chase, an All-Met guard from city champion Dunbar who will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, scored 28 points to lead Washington to a 123-97 victory over Baltimore at Coolidge High School. Chase also played in the Capitol Classic for Washington.
"Before the game our coach told us to focus on defense and that if we didn't play defense, he would assume we were tired and take us out," said Chase, who made 6 of 7 three-pointers in the second half. "It's an all-star game and people are going to do their thing, but we didn't play much defense."
In the girls game, Shalayna Johnson of Coolidge scored a game-high 30 points to lead Washington over Baltimore, 78-69. Tiana Wilson of Dunbar won most valuable player honors, finishing with 26 points and four steals.
Tempers flared late as Baltimore began to close in on Washington. D.C. forward T-Jai Farmer (Wilson) and Baltimore forward Chanea Moore threw punches after fighting for position in the low post. Both were ejected. Wilson and Johnson made sure it wouldn't matter, though, combining for all six of Washington's points in the final three minutes.
"We won this for D.C.," Wilson said. "We all came together and everyone had a great game."
The outcome of the boys game was far from certain until well into the second half. Baltimore had a 50-47 halftime edge, but the game featured eight lead changes and three ties before Washington took the lead for good with about 15 minutes left. Washington held Baltimore to 11 points in the final seven minutes.
Derrick Payne, playing on his home court, also had a standout game for D.C., scoring a team-high 29 points. But the most impressive performance belonged to Marcus Hatten, who scored a game-high 41 points to lead Baltimore. He will attend Tallahassee Community College in the fall.
The games were part of the inaugural Parkway Classic, which also included a football game Friday night. The Classic will go to Baltimore next year, before returning to the District in 2001. Other sports--including baseball, softball and volleyball--likely will be added to the event.
* Notes: Instead of the normal eight-minute quarters that are played in high school games, both games were split into 20-minute halves for a more college-like atmosphere.
CAPTION: Dunbar High's Tiana Wilson, right, was the most valuable player of the Parkway Classic All-Star girls game. She had 26 points and four steals in Washington's 78-69 win over Baltimore. "We won this for D.C.," she said.