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New faces to join starry PBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest

May 15, 2011 8:02pm
Two former collegiate slamdunk champions in Rey Guevarra and Elmer Espiritu are entered in the 2011 PBA All-Star slamdunk contest, keeping excitement in this much-awaited event even in the absence of four-time ruler KG Canaleta.

Former champs Gabe Norwood and Kelly Williams take a shot at a second title in the contest that also attracted the participation of JC Intal, Jay Washington and Ronald Tubid.

Intal, himself a former collegiate dunking winner, will add appeal and dazzle to one of the most interesting side events in the league’s annual summer spectacle.

The slamdunk competition ushers in the PBA Blitz Game (Rookies vs Sophomores) scheduled Friday at the Boracay Convention Center.

It could well be an exciting wide-open battle helping set the tone for the whole All-Star festivities highlighted by the All-Star Game Sunday in the same venue.

Guevarra and Espiritu won titles in the UAAP-NCAA All-Stars, and basketball watchers didn’t discount the possibility of the two rookies upstaging the veterans.

Norwood and Williams are, of course, the odds-on picks, being former PBA All-Star slamdunk kings.

The Rain or Shine stalwart ruled the contest during his rookie year in 2009, topping a field that included Canaleta.

Williams, the 2008 champion, wasn’t able to defend his crown then due to the blood disorder problem he battled for months.

Norwood and Williams will put on a show together this time, alongside another ferocious Fil-Am dunker in Washington.

The three-point shootout and obstacle course are the other skills event on tap during the All-Star Friday.

Mark Macapagal defends his three-point shooting title while Jonas Villanueva will be out to repeat as obstacle course champ in this PBA All-Stars. - RCJ, GMA News



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