- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2007

Augustus Gilchrist provided the most unintentionally funny moment of last night’s Capital Classic when he missed an open dunk in the first quarter. The rest of his outing provided entertainment of another kind.

The Virginia Tech-bound Gilchrist scored 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and was named the game’s MVP to lead the Capital All-Stars to a 149-145 victory over the U.S. All-Stars before 3,127 at Comcast Center.

There was no one within 10 feet of Gilchrist when he missed his early dunk, and he laughed sheepishly as he picked himself off the floor. However, the 6-foot-10 Gilchrist reasserted himself later to lead a Capital team that had 10 players score in double figures.

“The night didn’t start off too good with that dunk, but I was able to redeem myself in the end,” Gilchrist said. “I expected to flush it, but things happen out there. I didn’t let it mess with my head.”

It was the highest-scoring game in the event’s 34-year history. Darnell Dodson, who will attend Pittsburgh, scored 18 points for the Capital team, while Virginia Tech-bound guard Malcolm Delaney led the U.S. team with 31 points.

The Capital team built a 25-point lead in the first half, but the United States closed within two points several times. However, DeMatha’s Jeff Peterson drilled a 3-pointer with 1:01 left to make it 145-140.

Forward Braxton Dupree, who signed with Maryland, sat out with a sprained right ankle for the U.S. team.

Jones sees Comcast

Virginia recruit Jeff Jones played his first game at Comcast Center although some area fans expected him to be a fixture there for years to come.

He originally committed to Maryland, then reopened his recruitment shortly after the Terrapins lost assistant Rob Moxley to Charlotte last spring. However, Jones brushed aside any talk of a curious subplot.

“It’s an all-star game,” said Jones, who grinned after he was mildly booed during pregame introductions and finished with seven points. “You have the [talk] going around about how it’s in Comcast, but I’m just going to go out there and have fun.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard should provide a boost next season for Virginia, which loses senior J.R. Reynolds after making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001.

“I think we got a lot of people to see Virginia is a school to reckon with in the ACC and also around the country,” Jones said. “J.R. and Sean [Singletary] did a good job in the guard play, and I think they really made a name for themselves this year.”

Tucker undecided

Forward Cliff Tucker said he will make his college decision when the spring signing period begins Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8 Tucker, who traveled from El Paso, Texas, for the game and scored three points, is considering Maryland and Texas-El Paso. The Terps already have signed four players but lose five scholarship seniors from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Final Four central

It was no surprise how Omar Wattad spent Saturday: watching the Final Four.

Unlike everyone else in the Capital Classic, Wattad, who scored seven points, had a definitive rooting interest because he’s going to Georgetown next season. The Hoyas made their first Final Four appearance in 22 years before losing to Ohio State in the semifinals.

“It was so fun watching them progress through the tournament,” said Wattad, who invited several friends over to watch the game as long as they wore Hoyas blue. “They played unbelievably. I just feel blessed I’m going to be playing there next year.”

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