WASHINGTON – In one of the greatest contests in event history, the 42nd annual Capital Classic High School All-Star Game went down to the wire.
Clinton Christian guard Kevin Dorsey’s three-point attempt missed at the buzzer, enabling the U.S. All-Stars to hold on to a 105-102 victory Friday over the Capital All-Stars at Catholic University’s Dufour Center.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Dorsey, a Minnesota signee who scored 18 points for the Capital All-Stars. “It’s a very entertaining game. It’s a privilege to play in this game and hopefully I will be remembered in history.”
The game will also be a memorable one for Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner who became the first person in Capital Classic history to win on both sides. In 2009, Turner coached the Capital All-Stars to a win over the U.S. All-Stars. This time, the Silver Spring native was victorious as the winning head coach for the U.S. squad.
“You always want to finish out the year on a win so I got an opportunity to finish out the year on a win,” said Turner, a 1989 Blair graduate. “I coached a great group of guys [and] it was fun coaching against my own guys.”
Gonzaga guard Bryant Crawford, a Kensington native, finished with 18 points and six rebounds. The Wake Forest signee also tallied seven assists. River Hill forward Charlie Thomas IV had a solid performance, registering 13 points and six rebounds.
Thomas, a 6-foot-8 Wisconsin signee, is the son of former Seneca Valley standout Charlie Thomas who played in the 1984 Capital Classic.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech signee and former Montrose Christian guard Justin Robinson tallied eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 23 minutes of action. Robinson earned the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year honor at Saint James School in Hagerstown.
The Capital All-Stars, who rallied from a 52-47 halftime deficit, took a 100-95 advantage on Crawford’s 3-pointer with 2:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
However, PJ Dozier’s three-point play with 44 seconds left broke a 100-100 deadlock and gave the U.S. All-Stars a lead they would not relinquish.