SAN Miguel Beer’s Justin Williams bested David Palmer of Saigon Heat to become the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) slam dunk champion on Saturday night at the Phu Tho Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Williams, who made it to the finals by dunking two balls in one leap and a one-handed slam from just inside the free throw line, clinched the crown with his windmill dunk done while wearing sunglasses. He scored 49 points for the effort as against Palmer’s 48.
It is also Williams’ very-first slam dunk crown in his basketball career.
“It feels great to win the slam dunk crown. I’ve been through some rough times recently, but I am very happy to be with San Miguel Beer as they treat me like family,” Williams said.
On the way to the finals, the two bested Wuttipong Dasom (Chang Thailand Slammers), Moala Tautuaa (Westport Malaysia Dragons), Chris Daniels (Indonesia Warriors) and Delvin Goh (Singapore Slingers).
Last year’s league MVP Leo Avenido could have made it a double for the night for SMB but lost out to Sheng Yun of the Singapore Slingers in the three-point shooting contest. Sheng fired 13 points to overshadow Avenido’s seven in the finals.