Maryland-bound Rhodes MVP for defeated Capital Guard stars in Classic, but U.S. wins, 114-89


LANDOVER -- Johnny Rhodes figures he still has a little work to do, Wayne Bristol realizes he has a lot of work to do, and Cherokee Parks looks ready.

Rhodes and Bristol, two guards headed for the University of the Maryland were on the losing end while Parks was on the winning team last night, as the U.S. All-Stars ran away from the Capital All-Stars, 114-89, in the 18th annual Capital Classic before 10,002 at the Capital Centre.

Rhodes, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Washington's Dunbar High, was one of just a few bright spots for the Capital team, which led at the half, 47-44, before being routed.

Rhodes had a team-high 15 points in addition to three rebounds and four steals. He was voted the Capital team's Most Valuable Player. The left-hander made seven of 16 shots, but just one of six three-point attempts. Still, he showed a smooth stroke and the ability to score.

"It was exciting," said Rhodes. "I think I could have done better. I wasn't really letting my shot come to me. I was rushing trying to get us back into the game."

Rhodes started and played 20 minutes. Only three players were in longer for the Capital team.

It was a different story for Bristol, a 6-2 guard from High Point High. Bristol played just 13 minutes, which tied with two other Capital players for the least amount of time.

He was the only player on either team who did not score. Bristol was 0-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-2 from three-point range. He did have a team-high four assists.

Bristol called his performance a humbling experience.

"In high school, you dominate and you think you are the best, but once you get dominated, you see you have more work to do," he said. "The work is not done."

Parks, a 6-foot-11 center from Marina High in Huntington Beach, Calif., who did not start playing basketball until he was in the eighth grade, finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and three steals. He was voted the U.S. team's MVP.

The Duke-bound center was the game's most dominant player and seems ready to step in next season and play regularly for the Blue Devils.

"I hope I can just go in and get rebounds and not think about offense, just think about rebounds," said Parks. "I'm not going to try and go out and be a player of the year. I'll try to play to the best of my ability and see what I can do."

Another impressive player last night for the U.S. team was Donyell Marshall. The 6-8 forward from Reading (Pa.) High who has narrowed his college choices to Syracuse and Maryland, had a game-high 18 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Marshall and Parks sparked the U.S. team's inside game, which took control of the smaller Capital team in the second half.

The Capital team led, 47-44, at the half as the U.S. team held just a 34-31 advantage on the boards. But in the second half, the U.S. team took a 40-30 rebounding advantage and shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the field. Parks had 10 second-half rebounds.

Georgia Tech-bound guard Travis Best, scored 11 second-half points, including nine in the early moments, as the U.S. team took control. Best, 5-11, from Springfield (Mass.) Central High, finished with 15 points and five assists in a game-high 27 minutes.

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