GABE Norwood’s high-wire act fell short for FIBA’s Dunk of the Decade.
The Rain or Shine guard lost to the entry of Iran’s Arsalan Kazemi in the quarterfinals of the three-week, 32-moment tournament that aimed to choose the best dunk in FIBA tournaments worldwide from 2011 to 2019.
Kazemi received 60.02 percent of the votes from his one-hander slam against Greece during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2016.
Norwood’s iconic soaring dunk off a transition over the outstretched arms of Argentina big man Luis Scola in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, could only garner a total of 39.98 percent votes.
Drafted in the second round (54th overall) in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, Kazemi now advances to the semifinals against Rafael Mineiro of Brazil.
Mineiro’s entry from the FIBA Americas 2015 – a high-flyer, one-handed dunk – got 51.71 percent votes to beat out Mexico’s Juan Tuscano in a tightly-fought contest. The Mexican tallied 48.29 percent votes for his one-hander, follow-up rebound against Iran in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifier.
In the other side of the semis, Carlos Morais of Angola will battle it out with Latvia’s Kristaps Porzingis for a seat in the finals.
Morais’ windmill dunk during the FIBA AfroBasket in 2013 received a high 64.71 percent votes as he defeated Maurice Ndour of Senegal (35.29 percent), while Porzingis (55.16 percent) won over Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo (44.84 percent) behind his vicious putback dunk in the FIBAEuroBasket in 2017.