BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It’s no surprise when an all-star game features a plethora of dunks. Still, the Regional Game at the Jordan Brand Classic took that concept to a new level.
The game, which featured a final score of 125-112 (does it really matter who won?) had 104 made baskets. A whopping 42 of those were dunks. That’s more than 40 percent.
And it wasn’t just the game’s final act, either. There were 19 dunks in the first half and 23 in the second half. The latter stages felt more like a high school dunk contest.
And it wasn’t just onlookers who noticed all the dunks. Players said they had no idea they were walking into such a dunk-crazed event until it was already taking on a life of its own, even if some didn’t feel entirely up for it.
“It was crazy,” said Terance Mann, a Florida State signee from Tilton, Mass., who was among the most frequent purveyors of dunks in the game. “I’ve never been in a game with that many dunks. I came in with my knees feeling pretty sore and I didn’t think I was going to, but it just happened.”
It happened again and again, 42 times in all. Whether that’s the mist any high school game has seen is anyone’s guess — it’s highly, highly unlikely such stats are kept anywhere — but at the very least, the 2015 Jordan Brand Regional Game can set an initial baseline for every game that is to come.