ALEXANDRIA, Va. - After building a 33-point lead in the second quarter, the Metro West All-Stars coasted to a 126-117 win over the East in the second game of the day in the 41st Annual Capital Classic at TC Williams High school on Saturday.
The West team was led by Herndon guard and Lehigh commit Brandon Alston's 25 points and never lost the lead, but perhaps the most telling stat of the game was the advantage the West had on the boards; out-rebounding the East 63-39. University of the Sciences commit Will Gregorits (Lake Braddock) had a large impact in that area, grabbing 12 rebounds along with scoring 13 points. Bishop Ireton's Patrick Moseh (Wheeling Jesuit) also posted a double-double, tallying 18 points and 12 boards.
But for Gregorits, just playing in the game was a personal goal he could check off his list.
"I remember I came here last year and I was saying to myself that one of my goals would be to play in this game at the end of the year," Gregorits said. "Just being in it is a complete honor."
The East team was out of the game until the fourth quarter, when they mounted a comeback and cut the lead to just eight points. Leading the way for them late was Towson commit Mike Morsell (St. John's), who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Potomac big man Quadree Smith who finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
"We got down in the beginning and ended up pulling it back in," Smith said. "But it was really fun; just coming out here and playing and competing."
St. John's guard Darian Bryant (George Washington) had 18 points for the East, while Crossland guard Darius Speaks added 16, Maret guard Steffen Davis (Shepherd) 14 and National Collegiate guard Danzel Wright 13.
METRO WEST (126)
Brandon Alston 25, Cam Jackson 21, Patrick Moseh 18, Will Gregorits 13, Kent Auslander 11, Re'Quan Hopson 11, Marcus Brumsey Jr. 10, Andy Stynchula 10, Paul Rowley 7.
METRO EAST (115)
Mike Morsell 24, Darian Bryant 18, Darius Speaks 16, Steffen Davis 14, Danzel Wright 13, Jibreel Faulkner 9, Quadree Smith Sam Briggs 8, Darian Anderson 4.
METRO WEST 46 32 19 29 - 126
METRO EAST 21 32 33 29 - 115
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