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Locals light up the Cap Classic

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Kobe ColstonKobe Colston shoots in the District v Suburban All-Star Capital Classic game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maret School senior forward Luka Garza’s all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron James.

It was fitting, then, that the last time the Verizon Center hosted the Capital Classic, James was on the court.

Fourteen years later, Garza stepped onto the same court to participate in the 44th annual All-American game along with some of the country’s best high school players.

Students from nine different states, including Florida and Minnesota, traveled to the nation’s capital Saturday to play in a game that has proved to be a stepping stone for a number of decorated NBA players.

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Maret holds on for thrilling victory 76-70

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Maret v. St. AndrewMaret senior Luke Garza shoots over two St. Andrew’s defenders - Anthony Duruji and Justin Nwosu. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

POTOMAC – The Maret varsity basketball team could hardly contain its excitement.

Cheers echoed out of the away team’s locker room as the Fighting Frogs (15-3) celebrated their hard-fought 76-70 victory against St. Andrew’s (13-7) on the Lions’ home turf.

The Frogs overcame St. Andrew’s strong start and refused to surrender their lead, keeping the Lions at bay.

Maret senior center and Iowa commit Luka Garza showcased his leadership skills by rallying his teammates and stymieing St. Andrew’s defensively.

Garza finished the evening with a game-high 24 points and credits both current and former teammates with helping him become a better leader.

“I’ve had a lot of players in front of me in all of my years of high school that I’ve learned from in terms of energy, and I just try to bring that to the table,” he said. “I just try to bring as much energy as I can so the team benefits from it.”

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