WATCH: Jhong Hilario drains acrobatic game-winner in inter-ABS-CBN league playoffs
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 29, 2017 09:36 PM
He's not named the Sample King for nothing.
It's Showtime star Jhong Hilario was known to be one of the best dancers during his heyday. Now, he may have just proven that he's one of the most clutch Kapamilya celebrities out there.
Jhong made a crazy acrobatic layup to win the game for Team TV Prod 1 in their Kilos Kapamilya basketball tournament semifinals against their archrivals Team TV Prod 2, 77-76. (Video contains NSFW language)
With his team down by a single point, 76-75 and 2.5 seconds left in the game, Jhong inbounded the ball immediately asked for it in return, which led to the difficult heave that went high off the glass and into the net.
The final play wasn't intended to be for Jhong, but he took charge of the situation, and he delievered.
"Actually yung play namin, iba yung tinuro ni coach e, pero nakita ko kasi yung takbo ng players namin, kaya nung sabi ko, pagbigay ko, hiningi ko agad yung bola para maitira ko. kasi importante maitira e, okay lang na sumablay, importante lang na itira, para may chance," he said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports.
The celebration was equally electrifying. According to him, that was his first game-winner ever, as he narrates: "Kitang kita mo naman ang layo ng tinakbo ko, gusto ko na nga talunin yung screen kung kaya ko lang e. Pero sa sobrang tuwa kasi first time ko tsaka unexpected talaga."
The "Sample King" finished the game with 8 points, but none bigger than the winning heave, along with four rebounds and three assists.
The clutch basket sent Team TV Prod 1 to the tournament's Finals and kept the team's title defense alive in the annual Kapamilya games, the same tournament where another ABS-CBN star, Daniel Padilla, dropped 55 points in one game.