“I had to stick with it,” said Simmons.
Simmons also paid tribute to a former superstar by donning a Tracy McGrady shirt in a jam that scored 49 scores to claim his place in the final.
Simmons said, “He was my hero growing up, so I wanted to respect him as well.”
The competition was judged by five former champions: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins (1985, 1990), Spud Webb (1986), Dee Brown (1991), Jason Richardson (2002, 2003) and Josh Smith (2005).
There was some controversy early on when Stanley scored his first dipping, left-handed after sliding the ball between his legs in the air, scoring just 44 points. Tobin then scored 48 by hitting two fists.
On Simmons’ first immersion, place the ball even with the top of the square over the rim. Then he showed his jumping ability by grabbing the ball for the jam, who got 46 points.
He said, “I just wanted to show that I could jump high and be creative, so it was fun.”
Tobin also showed creativity, jumping over his father, Obadiah Tobin, and teammate Julius Randall in a dipping with a score of 46.
In the final, Tobin ran close to the free throw line, inspiring comparisons to Wilkins’ winning level while at the Atlanta Hawks.