Capital team wins Classic on late free throws, 88-86 Dunbar's Booth scores 11 in his high school finale

April 09, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Although there would be players with bigger bodies, names and reputations on the court, 6-foot-1 guard Anwar McQueen was confident in his ability going into last night's 20th Capital Classic.

"Honestly," said McQueen, of St. Albans High in Washington, "I felt I had as good a chance as anyone in winning the MVP."

McQueen did just that, hitting two free throws with 11 seconds left to give the Capital All-Stars an 88-86 victory over the U.S. All-Stars before 10,201 at Cole Field House.

It was the Capital team's first win since 1990 in the series, which is led by the U.S. team, 12-8.

McQueen, who will decide in the next several weeks to attend either California or Duke, scored 11 points and was one of five Capital All-Stars in double figures.

Dunbar's Keith Booth, playing in his final high school game, scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

McQueen shared Most Valuable Player honors with Marcus Camby of the U.S. team, who had 19 points and 19 rebounds in 23 minutes. Camby, a 6-11 forward who will attend Massachusetts, posted the fourth-highest rebound total in the game's history.

Booth, who scored 15 points in the McDonald's All-American Game on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn., was just 2-for-9 from the field and committed four turnovers. Seven of his points came on foul shots, and he never seemed to get into the flow of the game.

"I had a rough game, but we got the win and that was the most important thing," Booth said. "It's been fun, and my high school career is over. Now a lot of hard work goes into the summer preparing for the Maryland basketball season."

Maryland fans got a chance to see part of their future frontcourt, with 6-7 Booth and 6-9 forward Joe Smith of Norfolk, Va., in the Capital team's starting lineup. Smith scored 10 points (2-for-8 from the field) and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.

This wasn't exactly the best Capital Classic. The Capital team won despite shooting 31.4 percent from the field, compared with 45.2 for the U.S. team.

Maryland's Gary Williams, UCLA's Jim Harrick and California's Todd Bozeman were just a few of the college coaches attending the game, which started out with sloppy play.

The Capital team took an early seven-point lead, but too much one-on-one play dropped the team behind by as many as 15 points.

Booth helped the Capital team get back into the game, scoring eight of his nine first-half points in the last 3:15, making it 49-39 at halftime.

The Capital team was fortunate to be down by just 10, considering it shot 21.7 percent (10 of 46) from the field and recorded just five assists.

"In all-star games, there's a lot of shooting when it first starts," Boothsaid. "But it all boils down to geting the win. We stepped it up on defense at the end."

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