U.S. stars get Classic win with 2 second-half runs

April 08, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Two distinctive second-half runs carried the U.S. All-Stars to a 91-81 victory over the Capital All-Stars last night in the 21st annual Capital Classic.

A Cole Field House crowd of 8,652 watched the U.S. team of high school stars take control with a 19-5 spurt opening the second half after the Capitals led at the break, 37-33.

The local team stayed within range until midway through the half when a flurry of three-point shots by Trajan Langdon (two), Cameron Murray and Johnny Miller sent the U.S. team on a 20-4 spree and to an 83-62 advantage, deciding the outcome.

Langdon, who has signed with Duke, finished with 21 points and was named the most valuable player of the U.S. team. Curtis Staples, committed to Virginia, had 24 points for the victors.

The Capitals' MVP was Victor Page of D.C. champion McKinley, the crowd favorite and his team's top scorer with 22 points.

Page was a late addition to the Capital squad after his eligibility was checked. McKinley officials had to confirm that Page is a senior and graduating this year, but he is uncommitted to college.

The 6-foot-3 guard had 22 points and eight rebounds.

Dunbar High's Norman Nolan, who "guaranteed" a Capitals victory on a Washington radio station yesterday afternoon, said "that probably guaranteed us a loss."

Nolan, who will join Staples at Virginia, said his team "was in sync the first half, but they started a run the second half and then never let go. We just couldn't gather ourselves again after they got that lead."

The four-man Baltimore contingent had mixed results with Nolan getting eight points and five rebounds, his high school teammate Rodney Elliott adding seven points and eight rebounds and LTC Kevin Simpson of Southern scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.

Gibbons' Steve Wojciechowski did not score while playing only nine minutes.

The first key U.S. run was highlighted by nine points by Chris Herren, New England's top player who is headed for Boston College.

Langdon, who led his team to three state titles in Alaska, finished it off with one of his four three-pointers to give the U.S. team a 52-42 lead.

He poured in eight of the 20 points during the second run that ended the Capitals' bid for their fourth win in the past six meetings.

"I didn't try to start out fast," said Langdon, a Parade second team All- American. "I wanted to try to get all my teammates involved. But in the second half, they got the ball to me."

The U.S. team played without Naismith Award winner Jerod Ward of Clinton, Miss., who was advised by doctors to sit out after injuring an ankle in the McDonald's All-American game last week.

In the preliminary, Skip Turner of Robert E. Lee (Va.) scored 30 points, 23 in the first half, to lead the Suburban (D.C.) All-Stars past the District All-Stars, 100-90.

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