Rey Guevarra once again proved he's one helluva dunker.
The Meralco Bolts forward did so by successfully defending his crown at the FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters Slam Dunk Contest, held inside Robinsons Place Manila yesterday. Congratulations, Papa Rey!
It was certainly not a walk in the park though; Rey had to defeat one of his slam-dunking idols in the final round, Porter Maberry. Standing only 5'5," Porter is proclaimed as the world's shortest pro dunker—yes, even shorter than former Clipper (and kryptonyte to Dwight Howard's superman) Nate Robinson and the Star Hotshots' slam-dunking guard, Justin Melton (both standing at 5'9").
Don't be fooled by Porter's short stature though. He has the hops to give us fellow shorties hope and pull off these insane above-the-rim exploits:
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His moniker "What's Gravity" is certainly well-deserved.
So, how did our pambato beat this springy aerial dynamo?
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Rey showed his wares, with the popular dunk-over-people move being his bread and butter. It was a slugfest and, in the end, he won by the skin of his teeth, 80-79. However, the soft-spoken former Letran baller was actually surprised he came out victorious. "Nagulat talaga ako. Di ko alam na ako nanalo. Akala ko siya dahil siya ‘yung mataas na score," he says.
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As for Mr. Maberry, we definitely say the dude's got character and legit skills. He has also earned more than a few local fans after a dunk wherein he paid tribute to local hoops hero Jimmy Alapag by wearing the former Gilas stalwart's jersey. We're looking forward to seeing more of your dunking prowess, good sir!
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