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Guevarra wins record-tying 5th Slam Dunk Contest


Miles Morales

Rey Guevarra successfully defended his All-Star Slam Dunk Contest crown to become the second player to win the title for the 5th time during the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend, Friday evening at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.

Guevarra tied renowned dunker and current Meralco Bolts forward KG Cañaleta for the most number of dunk contest crowns in PBA All-Star history with 5 apiece.

Guevarra’s title-clinching dunk was a one-hander through the entire Fuel Masters team, who all jumped at the same time when he went mid-air. That concept came from Phoenix head coach Louie Alas, Guevarra shared.

The Phoenix Fuel Master wingman faced Blackwater Elite’s Renz Palma — who had also been the one he faced in last year’s finals — on the dunk off. Palma failed to convert his dunk off a bounce pass from Beau Belga in the bleachers.

Guevarra bagged home P 30,000.

Also in the contest were NorthPort Batang Pier Lervin Flores and Columbian Dyip rookie and Pangasinan’s very own CJ Perez, who also made it to the finals after scoring 86 in the elimination round.