Despite the loss to the U.S.A. All-Stars, local athletes do well in Cap Classic

WASHINGTON – Montgomery County was well represented in Saturday’s 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic at Verizon Center.

Despite suffering a 113-101 loss to the United States All-Stars, Seneca Valley senior guard Brandon Simpson was able to bask in the limelight one last time before graduation.

“It was cool,” said Simpson, who is still undecided about his college plans. “It was a good experience.”

Simpson, a four-year varsity performer at Seneca Valley, had his entire family in attendance including his father, Eddie, who once coached girls basketball in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Simpson, who averaged nearly 19 points per game this season, finished with four points in 13 minutes on Saturday. He said he plans to enlist his father’s service whenever he opts to make a choice on which college he will attend.

“He can help me make a good decision,” said Simpson.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s contest also marked the final time that St. Andrew’s seniors Anthony Duruji and Dominic Doyle would be playing together as teammates.

“It was a privilege,” said Duruji, a 6-foot-7 forward who has signed with Louisiana Tech. “I’m just glad I got picked to play in this prestigious game.”

Duruji, who finished with 10 points and five rebounds in twelve minutes, had a blast competing in the game.

“It meant a lot,” said Duruji, who averaged a team-high 17.6 points per game at the Potomac private school. “St. Andrew’s has done a lot for me so it’s only right to give back.”

In the preliminary game, the District All-Stars defeated the Suburban All-Stars, 97-87, but Montgomery County’s student-athletes rose to the occasion in the contest.

For the District All-Stars, Bullis senior forward Chyree Walker, a Delaware recruit, finished with eight points and Sandy Spring Friends School senior Milos Apic scored two points and grabbed five rebounds in the contest. Apic, a 6-foot-10 forward, recently committed to play college basketball at Long Beach State.

For the Suburban All-Stars, Magruder’s Bryan Boehlert (Assumption) led the Montgomery County contingent with ten points while the game also featured Quince Orchard’s dynamic backcourt tandem of Johnny Fierstein and Matt Kelly (Assumption) along with Blake’s Kobe Colston and Kennedy’s Jonathan Mustamu. The Suburban All-Star squad was guided by Seneca Valley head coach Brian Humphrey.



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