COLLEGE PARK -- The 19th annual Capital Classic, this area's showcase for some of the best high school talent in the nation, had a familiar face and his star shone the brightest.
Dunbar high school All-American Donta Bright scored a game-high 26 points, earning the Most Valuable Player award for the Capital All-Stars.
Unfortunately for Bright, help from his teammates came a bit too late as the U.S. All-Stars held off the Capital team, 103-102, before a crowd of 10,092 at Cole Field House.
Behind Bright's first 13 points, the Capital team had a 50-41 lead at the half, but the U.S. All-Stars scored the first 12 points of the second half to take a 53-50 lead.
Bright had four points during an 8-4 run that helped the Capital team regain the lead, 58-57, but his teammates continued to struggle as the U.S. team built its biggest lead, 79-72, after a dunk by Ed Geth, who is bound for the University of North Carolina (6-foot-9, from Norfolk, Va.) with just under eight minutes left.
That's when Bright got some help from Dunbar teammate, Michael Lloyd. The two combined for all the points in an 8-0 run -- including two three-pointers by Lloyd -- to give the Capital stars an 80-79 lead.
But it was 6-3 guard Chris Collins (Northbrook, Ill.). who is bound for Duke, who took the life out of the Capital team, scoring nine in the final five minutes that helped the U.S. team to a 99-93 lead with 48.7 seconds left. The Capital team simply ran out of time, with Lloyd's three-pointer just before the final buzzer ending the scoring.
Lloyd, who is going to Arkansas, and Bright, who is bound for Massachusetts, were among the eight McDonald's All-Americans playing in the game. Both started for the Capital All-Stars and made an early impact.
It was Bright's opportunity to shine first as he scored eight straight points on an array of slithering inside moves in a span of just over two minutes early in the first half that gave the Capital team a 14-11 lead just over five minutes into the game.
Lloyd would make his contribution later in the half, scoring his six first-half points in the final 3:15 of the half that helped the Capital team to a 50-41 lead at the half.
Bright was the only player on either team in double digits for the half. He converted six of 10 field goals in 15 minutes of action. The 6-6 forward also grabbed a team high five rebounds. Lloyd's nine points came on three of eight shooting and Southern High's Kwame Evans, who will attend George Washington, had three points in three minutes.