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Capital Classic: U.S. All-Stars Rally For Late Win
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The United States All-Stars trailed the Capital All-Stars heading into the fourth quarter of the 41st annual Capital Classic on Saturday at TC Williams high school, but with a little over two minutes to play, Seton Hall commit Angel Delgado tipped in a missed lay-up to give the US team its first lead in the fourth quarter.
“I really don’t care about the competition,” Delgado said. “I’m trying to win the game.”
Delgado scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and after trading buckets with University of Miami commit James Palmer a jumper from Delgado would give the US All-Stars the final lead as they walked off victorious, beating the Capital All-Stars 139-134.
In addition to leading all players in scoring, Delgado (PICTURED, TOP) also finished the game with 15 rebounds and took home the game’s MVP trophy. The six-foot-eight power forward from the Patrick School (New Jersey) is looking forward to heading to South Orange to play for the Pirates.
“I’m ready to be in college,” Delgado said. “[Seton Hall] has a really good class coming in and I think we’re about to be really good.”
Another future collegiate big man, University of Maryland commit Trayvon Reed, said that he thinks his team has a chance to be really good next year too, after watching future teammates Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens play in the Capital Classic.
“I feel like [Nickens and Trimble] played well,” Reed, who did not play in the game due to a sprained ankle, said. “I’m just trying to see what we all can do when I get down here; possibly win a National Championship.”
Nickens scored 13 points, nine of those coming off of three-pointers, while Trimble finished with 14 points, three steals and five assists. The two players have become close since committing to Maryland, but on Saturday they were on opposite sides with Nickens playing for US and Trimble playing on the Capital All-Stars.
“It felt good to get ready for practice next year,” Trimble said. “I know we’ll be going against each other sometimes.”
Trimble’s team took the lead early and began to take advantage of the US team that was playing without the 7'1 Reed and McDonald’s All-American guard Isaiah Whitehead. Without those two, both Trimble and his teammates were able to get easy buckets inside, especially Riverdale Baptist big man and Louisville commit Chinanu Onuaku who finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the Capital squad.
But when Onuaku went to the bench early in the fourth quarter and the DMV representatives lost Potomac (Virginia) center and George Mason commit Trey Porter to an eye injury, the US team started to make their run. Delgado went on a scoring tear to take the lead late, and Oak Hill Academy wing and NC State commit Cody Martin put the dagger in with a lay-up to make it a two possession game.
“I’m really happy to be here,” Delgado said. “It’s really good; I really appreciate the staff letting me come here.”
UNITED STATES ALL-STARS
Angel Delgado 23, Ja'Quan Newton 22, Wade Baldwin IV 17, Desi Rodriguez 15, Cody Martin 14, Caleb Martin 13, Jared Nickens 13, BJ Stith 11, Terry Harris 7, Tyler Lindquist 4.
Chinanu Onuaku 21, Andrew Robinson 17, Alex Long 15, Dwayne Morgan 15, Jamall Gregory 14, Melo Trimble 14, James Palmer 12, Trey Porter 9, Randy Haynes 8, Phil Booth 7, Johnnie Shuler 2.
U.S. ALL-STARS 28 30 40 41 - 139
CAPITAL ALL-STARS 27 39 41 27 - 134
PHOTOS BY CHARLES MATTHEWS, DMVelite