Doc Hurley Classic: Kahlil Dukes’ Going Hard (Pause) Scoring 51 to lead Capital Prep Over Classical In Double OT…

by CTalentTv on December 19, 2011

This kid is a ‘problem’. Kahlil has been scoring buckets like no other player since he stepped in a High School gym. The last guy who put up numbers like this was the kid Phil Starks who’s currently in JUCO. Ironically, the guy who Kahlil Dukes was going up against Jaquann Starks (Classical Magnet) is the younger brother of Phil and he scored 47 points in the defeat.  These bright young stars will be on someone’s D1 roster if they keep putting up these type number. Scoring now-a-days is either way to easy, or these kids are just that talented. Whatever the case, keep doing it fellas, we’re proud of you.. 

Those 1,200 basketball fans who witnessed the Capital Prep-Classical Magnet game were the fortunate ones Saturday night.  They saw Capital Prep outlast the Gladiators 120-116 in double overtime and a great shootout between dueling guards Kahlil Dukes and Jaquann Starks in the Doc Hurley Scholarship Basketball Classic at Weaver High.  Dukes, a junior guard, paced Capital Prep with 51 points, while Starks, a senior at Classical, had 47.  ”We’ve been playing against each other since middle school,” Dukes said. “We’re friends. We’re competitors.  The game was a a measure of revenge for the Trailblazers (1-1), who lost a Class S semifinal to Classical Magnet 58-57 last season.  Both Hartford teams had opportunities to secure this victory, but it was Capital Prep that persevered.

The score was tied at 94 after regulation. Classical Magnet (1-1) was leading 105-102 in the first overtime. Capital Prep inbounded the ball with 8.4 seconds left.  Dukes then hit a 25-foot three from above the key with 2.7 seconds left to send the game to the second OT.  ”Bad on my part,” Classical Magnet coach Reggie Tucker said. “We should have fouled him before the shot to prevent that three-point try.”  Capital Prep coach Levy Gillespie said his team tried the same play, but failed to inbound the ball to Dukes in a 76-75 loss to Kolbe Cathedral on Wednesday night.  ”I told him, ‘This was a big game situation and we needed guys to make big-time plays,’ ” Gillespie said. “He did.”

In the second overtime, Levy Gillespie Jr. made two free throws to put Capital Prep ahead 112-110 with 1:37 to play. Dukes then went 4-for-4 from the foul line. Classical couldn’t catch up with the Trailblazers.  Capital Prep led 43-35 at the half, with Starks already at 18 points and Dukes with 15.  Starks opened the third quarter with another three from the left wing – his fifth of the game. He finished with six.  But Dukes answered a minute later with a three and the Trailblazers went ahead, 54-42. He had eight threes.  Classical Magnet rallied to close to within 69-65 after three quarters. A Starks jumper tied the score at 69 with just over 7 minutes remaining.  ”We’ve been thinking about losing that semifinal last year,” Dukes said. “We didn’t want to lose to them again.”

By TOM YANTZ, (The Hartford Courant)

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