For the first time in Capital Classic history, the Suburban All-Stars defeated the District All-Stars, 104-97, on the back of game-MVP small forward Prince Okoroh (Eleanor Roosevelt High School) who recorded 16 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The Suburban All-Stars were in control for the final three quarters of the game after they quickly overcame a 22-19 deficit heading into the second quarter due in large part to point guard Enerio Jones (Springbrook High School). From the moment he stepped on the court, Jones constantly pushed the ball up the court and found the holes in the defense which results in an easy bucket for him as well as many open shots for his teammates.
Mid-Atlantic Select AAU teammate point guard Brandon Hedley (James Hubert Blake High School) was one of the beneficiaries of Jones’ stellar play as he scored five quick points after Jones came in which gave the Suburban squad a 32-24 lead, which they never gave up. Hedley ended the game with 15 points on 6-9 shooting including 3-6 shooting from the three-point line. He also had another quick five-point run in the fourth quarter giving his team a 93-82 lead, their first double-digit lead since the third quarter.
Okoroh came alive in the second half as he scored 11 of his 16 points in the third and fourth quarter and helped the Suburban team to a 71-63 lead heading into the final quarter. He came up clutch numerous times for his team including an old-fashioned three-point play which broke a second quarter 32-32 tie and scored five straight points to give the Suburban squad a 100-91 lead, putting away the game. He also had four of his rebounds and shot 5-8 from the field in the second half.
Future American Eagle small forward John Schoof (W.T. Woodson High School) also played well for the Suburban team racking up a team-high 17 points from 6-8 shooting from the field, 2-2 from the three-point line and 3-3 from the free throw line. Schoof helped the Suburban All-Stars at the end of the second quarter by scoring four of their last six points giving them a 41-38 lead heading into the break.
For the District All-Stars, small forward Larry Savage (Bishop O’Connell) was the clear standout as he scored a game-high 21 points on 7-10 shooting from the field and 6-6 shooting from the free throw line. He had 19 of his points in the second half and shot 7-8 from the field in the final two quarters as well.
Shooting guards Malcolm Clark (Cesar Shavez High School) and Rice-commit Julian DeBose (St. John’s College High School) also played well for the District All-Stars as they scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, and shot 6-8 and 6-12, from the field. Small forward Ryan McNeill-Moses (St. John’s College High School) came up big for the District squad too as he recorded the game’s only double-double with 10 points on 5-7 shooting and 11 rebounds.