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Local basketball players shine in Capital Classic


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Published on: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Despite being shorthanded, the U.S. All-Stars managed to defeat the Capital All-Stars, 126-120, in the 40th annual Capital Classic High School All-Star game on Sunday at T.C. Williams in Alexandria, Va.

The U.S. All-Stars competed with only seven players and were led by Baltimore native and Ohio State signee Kameron Williams who scored 25 points and was named team MVP.

Meanwhile, Princeton Day’s Aquille Carr, a fellow Baltimorean, scored a game-high 29 points en route to earning team MVP honors for the Capital All-Stars.

Carr, who is headed to play professionally overseas, dazzled the fans with his dynamic outside shooting and quick drives to the basket.

Stanford Robinson, a Landover native who spent last season at Nevada’s Findlay Prep, finished with 19 points in his final high school appearance.

“I just wanted to show people that the move that I made was worth it,” said Robinson, who spent his first three seasons of high school at Paul VI in Fairfax, Va. “It was fun. I felt like I put on a show for everyone. I feel like I ended my season well.”

However, Riverdale Baptist guard Nigel Johnson, a recent Kansas State signee, was sidelined by a foot injury and did not participate.

“It was tough,” said Johnson. “I know it was one of the biggest all-star games so I was definitely excited to play so it was tough not playing.”

Although Johnson wasn’t able to play, he still showed his support from the bench while cheering on teammates such as Carr, the game’s leading scorer and team MVP.

“He played well,” said Johnson. “He carried the team in the second half (and) tried to do all he could do to win the game, but we just came up a little bit short.”

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