Tournament of Champions dunk contest wows crowd at JQH

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Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. (22) slam dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. (22) slam dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. (22) slam dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. (22) slam dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wa.) guard Sam Cunliffe (3) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wa.) guard Sam Cunliffe (3) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wa.) guard Sam Cunliffe (3) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wa.) guard Sam Cunliffe (3) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Darrian Guillory of Joplin High School (Joplin, Mo.) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Guillory won second place in the contest.

Darrian Guillory of Joplin High School (Joplin, Mo.) dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Guillory won second place in the contest.

Kickapoo High School (Springfield, Mo.) guard Isaac Johnson dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Kickapoo High School (Springfield, Mo.) guard Isaac Johnson dunks during the dunk contest portion of the 2016 Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. on Jan. 15, 2015. Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) guard Christian Popoola Jr. won first place in the contest.

Fans filed into JQH Arena to see slam dunks.

Saturday’s Great Southern Bank dunk contest did not disappoint them. Christian Popoola Jr. of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) took first place in the dunk contest by scoring 65 of a possible 70 points.

Popoola’s winning dunk involved him leaping over one of his Gaels teammates and dunking the ball with his left hand.

Popoola is a junior with basketball scholarship offers from UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State.

Sam Cunliffe of Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington) had a perfect score in the preliminary round with an authoritative slam after he bounce-passed the ball to himself. The Arizona State commit came up short in the championship round against five other finalists.

Joplin’s Darrian Guillory, one of five locals from non-Tournament of Champions teams invited to the dunk contest, windmilled his way into a second-place finish.

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