Redemption for Newsome after taking Slam Dunk title
Paul Lintag on Apr 28, 2017 06:46 PM
The high-flying Meralco forward won the 2017 PBA Slam Dunk Contest at the Quezon Convention Center, snapping former teammate Rey Guevarra's string of three straight victories. (PBA Media Bureau)
LUCENA CITY --- Chris Newsome finally got the Slam Dunk title many people thought he deserved one year ago.
The high-flying Meralco forward won the 2017 PBA Slam Dunk Contest at the Quezon Convention Center here Friday, snapping former teammate Rey Guevarra's string of three straight victories.
A new champion was to be crowed right after the opening round with Newsome and Forrester tied for first place with 95 points each.
Newsome had a nice first attempt as he elevated for a clean one-hand jam that was good for 45 points. He then earned a perfect 50 on his next dunk after a sick windmill finish.
Meanwhile, Forrester started his night by jumping over a five-man huddle that got him 49 points. The Globalport forward then secured a trip to the final after doing his own version of Karl Malone's Mailman slam.
Guevarra finished the preliminary round with 87 points followed by Ginebra's Jammer Jamito (76 points) and Alaska's Marion Magat (69 points).
In the final, Forrester got things started with a big two-hand reverse that scored him a perfect 50. However, he failed to follow it up and had to settle for 36 points in his final attempt.
Newsome earned a 43 in his first dunk in the final round after converting on a turnaround baseline jam off a self lob. For his final attempt, he brought back his circus slam, juggling three basketballs before throwing down a powerful one using two hands.
He got 44 points for that attempt, enough to edge Forrester by one point.
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