With Team Philippines bowing out of contention, Kobe Paras made sure we will still have something to celebrate about by successfully defending his slam dunk crown at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships in Hungary.
Kobe, who advanced from the qualifiers to the tune of 56 points, faced off in the semifinal round against Mark Boros of the host country, Team Uruguay's Agustin da Costa, and Team USA's Jalek Felton on Day 4 of the festivities.
The teen phenom started off with a cool off-the-bounce reverse jam:
He then channeled his legendary namesake to pull off a between-the-legs masterpiece which netted him a combined 52 points from the judges. His score got him into the final round where he squared off against the high-leaping Jalek of Team USA.
His opponent got the finals started with a windmill jam off-the-bounce, but Kobe turned things up a notch by pulling off the same dunk but in reverse style...
Jalek responded with a double pump dunk he caught from a teammate in the stands, but the son of PBA legend Benjie Paras got more help, in the forms of his teammates and coaches, for his second dunk:
With Jalek getting a score of 29 for his final dunk (a vicious between-the-legs slammer) Kobe needed three perfect 10s to retain his crown. And get perfect 10s he did with this ridiculous reverse rim-rocker off a teammate's hand-off:
Man, this kid deserves a drink...
Unreal man.... pic.twitter.com/yAD49uAKsH— Kobe™ (@Im_Not_Kobe) June 7, 2015
Well, he definitely made his daddy (and the whole country) proud!
We can't wait for him to be part of Gilas Pilipinas. The future of Pinoy hoops certainly looks bright with this young fellow!
Here is the full dunk contest recap: