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gameface_one
05-04-2008, 10:53 PM
Norwood claims PBL slam dunk crown


By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:35:00 05/04/2008


FILIPINO-AMERICAN HOTSHOT GABE Norwood came to the venue earlier than the others and patiently waited for his turn at the spotlight. He left with the crowd asking for more.

The pre-dunk routine took longer than usual but it hardly mattered for the 6-foot-5 Norwood, who provided highlight reel after highlight reel on the way to emerging as the new dunk king of the PBL at The Arena in San Juan Saturday.

Norwood scored three perfect 50 scores, transforming the four-man contest into a personal exhibition, which he capped with a smooth, yet thunderous, left-handed windmill jam and a two-handed slam off the backboard.

The reed-thin Hapee forward also dominated the first round where he drew maximum points from the judges -- 2007 PBA dunk king KG Canaleta of Air 21, reigning PBA dunk titlist Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia, Roger Yap of Purefoods, former pro Jolly Escobar and singer Bo Cerrudo.

“I did what I wanted to do; I’ll just save some of the things in my mind for next year,” said Norwood, who defeated Harbour Center’s Dylan Ababou, Adrian Celada of Noosa and Bacchus’ Mike Dizon.

Rey Guevarra, the surprise victor last year, skipped the contest after suffering an injury during practice Saturday.

Sharing the limelight with Norwood in the PBL Showcase were San Mig Coffee’s Leomer Losentes and Burger King sharpshooter Nicho Pupos.

Losentes topped a formidable 11-man field that included defending champion Jason Castro of Harbour Center to win the slalom competition.

A guard out of St. Francis of Assisi College, Losentes negotiated the tricky obstacle course in 17 seconds to beat Rob Labagala of Bacchus and Hapee’s Earn Saguindel in the final round.

Castro, the back-to-back defending champion, did not get past the second round, after failing to beat the 16-second limit.

Pupos, showing great form on his jump shot, nailed seven of his last eight attempts to edge heralded teammate Mike Bravo and Hapee guard Reed Juntilla in the shoot-off, after the trio finished the second round at 14 points apiece.

Bravo and Noosa’s Noy Javier entered the finals of the 16-man event as the heavy favorites, after posting 17 points each in the first round. But Javier, along with San Mig’s Kevin Dalafu, faded in the next phase, paving the way for a three-man shootout.

gameface_one
05-04-2008, 10:54 PM
PBL Showcase

Unheralded players shine
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FIL-AM Gabe Norwood of Hapee Toothpaste easily topped the Slam Dunk competition but two unheralded players grabbed a piece of the limelight by winning their respective events over their fancied rivals in the 2008 PBL Showcase yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.


The 6-foot-5 Norwood scored perfect scores in all three rounds which he capped with a windmill dunk that drew thunderous applause from the crowd.

Combining power and grace, the 6-foot-5 Norwood got perfect scores from five judges, including three-time PBA slam dunk champion KG Canaleta of Air21, this year’s champion Kelly Williams of Sta. Lucia and Roger Yap of Purefoods.

Bacchus Energy Drink’s Rey Guevarra, last year’s champion, failed to defend his title after sustaining an injury during a practice the other day.

Only four of 11 participants showed up for the slam dunk contest after the six other players begged off due to various reasons.

Nichos Popus of Burger King pulled the rug from under the big guns by ruling the Three-Point Shootout.

The seldom-used Popus made 9 points in the finals to beat his more popular teammate Mike Bravo (7) and Hapee Toothpaste’s Reed Juntilla (3) in the exciting contest.

A total of 16 players took part in the 3-Point Shootout but only six players made it into the final round with Bravo and Noosa Shoes’ Noy Javier topping the elimination round with 17 points each.

Also producing a big win was San Mig Coffee’s Lomer Losentes who topped the grueling Obstacle Challenge.

In the initial stage, Popus finished tied with Juntilla, San Mig’s Emer Sadua and Kevin Dalafu with 16 points.

A third round was required after Bravo, Juntilla and Popus ended up tied with 14 points each. The final stage was reduced to three racks where the three players had to complete the challenge in 30 seconds.

Mike Dizon of Bacchus finished second in the slam dunk with Harbour Centre’s Dylan Ababou finishing second.

Among the big guns who failed to make it to the final round were last year’s champion Patrick Cabahug of Toyota Otis, Harbour Centre’s Jeff Chan and Jonathan Fernandez and Bacchus Energy Drink’s Christian Luanzon.

For winning their respective events, Norwood, Popus and Losentes collected R5,000 each aside from bringing home elegant trophies.

With the win, Losentes crowned himself as the fastest player of the league, dethroning Harbour Centre’s Jason Castro, who topped the event last year with relatively ease.

Castro, who decided to forego his plan to join the PBA in favor of a more challenging stint in the Australian National Basketball League in September, hardly had a warm-up after coming late due to an earlier commitment.

Though he easily made the first stage of the event, Castro failed to break the 16-second barrier in the next stage.

Finishing second to Losentes was Robert Labagala of Bacchus Energy Drink and Earn Saguindel of Hapee.

The event was a fitting follow up to the league’s successful out-of-town game in Trece Martires in Cavite last Thursday.

stonecold316
05-05-2008, 03:11 AM
Dylan was hesitant to join the slam dunk competition kasi hindi nya strength yun. Kaya lang pinakiusapan siya na mag join so sumunod lang siya sa utos ng management.

Siguro kung sa three-point shoot-out may pag-asa pa si Dylan pero sa slam-dunk malabo what with Norwood in town.

stonecold316

wanna
05-23-2008, 03:35 PM
at talagang wala suyang kalaban...um, sa judges pa lang lamang na siya because he knows the two (KG and Kelly) ;D