COLLEGE PARK -- Despite 31 points by Towson Catholic guard Malcolm Delaney, the U.S. All-Stars lost to the Capital All-Stars, 149-145, last night at Comcast Center in the highest-scoring Capital Classic ever.
Delaney, who is headed to Virginia Tech next fall, was one of the bright spots in an all-star game again after dominating the Charm City Challenge earlier this week. Delaney shot 8-for-17 from the field, hitting four of his seven three-point attempts.
Much of his disappointment over losing was overshadowed by his dazzling performance.
"I didn't even know how much I had. I can't keep track of points during the game. I just play," Delaney said. "Us losing, I got the winning ball, so I'm still happy with that."
Mount St. Joseph forward Dino Gregory, who will play for Maryland next season, was perfect from the field in the first half, missing his first shot less than two minutes into the third quarter. He finished with 12 points for the U.S. All-Stars in his first game at Comcast Center.
Augustus Gilchrist led the Capital All-Stars with 24 points and was named Most Valuable Player. His most notable moment of the night, however, was when he badly missed a dunk in the first half, inciting gasps and laughs from fans and teammates.
When Gilchrist missed the dunk, future Terrapin Adrian Bowie got the rebound. Bowie scored 14 points, and Montrose Christian teammate and fellow Maryland recruit Shane Walker added four points and five rebounds.
Forward Cliff Tucker, who is deciding between UTEP and Maryland, said playing in College Park made him think even more favorably about becoming a Terp.
Calvert Hall's Braxton Dupree, who has committed to the Terps, sat out last night nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the Charm City Challenge. Dupree and Gregory said it was nice to be able to play with and against former teammates and get accustomed to what will be their home court next season.
"It's exciting," Dupree said. "You get a chance to see who you're going to be playing with for the next four years."