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Prep Basketball: Regional players show their stuff at Capital Classic
BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
ALEXANDRIA—Patrick Holloway and Seth Allen stood at halfcourt and shared a laugh during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Capital Classic all-star basketball game at T.C. Williams High School.
They joked that they would like to get in on some of the action as the U.S. All-Stars defeated the Capital All-Stars, 105–93.
Allen was able to get going as he poured in 10 points, all in the second half, for the U.S. team.
Holloway scored five points on two shot attempts for the Capital All-Stars.
Holloway, a senior guard, said the up-and-down nature of an all-star game wasn’t conducive to his style of play.
But the Stafford County resident and George Mason recruit still had an enjoyable evening.
“I feel like I’m more effective in an actual game, but this was still a lot of fun,” said Holloway, who played three seasons for Paul VI in Fairfax County after transferring from Colonial Forge. “I enjoyed playing and practicing with the guys. In this game, it’s just all about having fun.”
Allen, a Fredericksburg Christian School senior guard, scored his points on an array of drives to the basket.
The Maryland recruit is now looking ahead to joining the Terrapins. Four of his future Maryland teammates joined him on the U.S. team on Saturday, including Sam Cassell Jr., who announced he was signing with the Terrapins shortly before tip-off.
Allen said he has worked on becoming a true point guard because the Terrapins lacked one last season. He said he’s already anticipating taking part in the big Atlantic Coast Conference games.
“I’m just looking forward to playing in the Comcast Center, playing against Duke and beating them,” Allen said.
Twelve ACC recruits participated in the Capital Classic, including Westmoreland County native Justin Anderson, who has signed with Virginia.
Anderson scored 17 points for the Capital All-Stars, including a few rim-rattling dunks. The 6-foot-6 senior forward from Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., played against future Virginia teammates Evan Nolte and Mike Tobey.
After the game, the trio posed together for pictures with Virginia fans.
“It was the worst thing ever,” Anderson said of playing against Nolte and Tobey. “Hopefully I’ll never have to experience it again.”
Allen, Anderson and Holloway will never experience high school basketball again. Saturday night’s contest was their final game.
Stafford High School senior Merritt Hempe also played on Saturday. Hempe scored nine points (all in the second half) in the Capital Classic girls game, as the Virginia All-Stars defeated the Maryland All-Stars, 74–49. Hempe, a two-time Free Lance–Star All-Area performer, will play for the University of Georgia.
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