All-Metro players dazzle at Classic

Scott, Outen Barlow each earn MVP honors on respective teams


April 08, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - They share the same basketball idol in Michael Jordan, and yesterday at MCI Center All-Metro players Melvin Scott, of Southern-Baltimore and Greeba Outen Barlow, of River Hill, earned Most Valuable Player honors for their respective boys and girls teams in the 28th annual Capital Classic.

Although his Capital All-Stars boys squad fell to the U.S. All-Stars, 96-76, in the featured event, the 6-foot-3 Scott dazzled the crowd of 8,233 with four three-pointers - tied for a team-high 12 points - to go with two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

Outen Barlow finished with six points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the Suburban All-Stars to a 75-67 victory over the District All-Stars in the inaugural girls preliminary game. The 5-10 George Washington-bound guard's play made her a crowd favorite.

In the boys game, Scott's second and third three-pointers sparked a 16-5 run in the third quarter that brought the Capitals within 49-41.

The last three by the North Carolina-bound guard brought the Capitals within 68-61 before the U.S. All-Stars closed the game with a 28-15 run. Initially booed by the Maryland fans - whose Terps lost a recruiting battle with the Tar Heels - Scott earned cheers with his performance.

"That last shot, over in the corner, was the best because I kicked out my leg like Michael Jordan," Scott said. "My shots were falling, and my whole point was to come out here and have fun, show my talents."

Outen Barlow's excitement stemmed not only from participating in this affair, but perhaps more because she was playing on the Washington Wizards' home court, where Jordan has played and now serves as part-owner. The senior displayed a general court sense and skills, not to mention an acrobatic move that would have made Jordan proud.

"The move," as Outen Barlow called it, made the post-game highlight reel. She dropped and rolled across her buttocks while switching hands on the dribble and maintaining control of the ball - all with a defender on her. She rose, then dribbled around her opponent, before dishing the ball to a teammate, who missed the subsequent shot.

"Everybody's talking about the move, but I haven't seen it yet," said Outen Barlow, who danced off the court after receiving her award, and later stared past a reporter as her highlight appeared on the big screen.

"Ohhh!!! There it is - the move, the move," she said. "I've been lifting every day, trying to improve my game. Every little girl's dream is to take her team to the championship, and that's what I'm hoping to do at G. W."

Other locals in the Capital Classic were Annapolis' Marcus Neal (six points) and Scott's teammate at Southern, Darshan Luckey (five points). 'Among the other locals in the girls' game, Oakland Mills' Rayna DuBose (Virginia Tech) had 13 points and seven rebounds, Arundel's Jill Marano (La Salle) had eight points and River Hill's Keiko Miller-Tate pulled down six rebounds.

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