A FEW of Bong Alvarez’s high-flying acts in his 16-year playing career can be seen on YouTube, but one dunk stood out among the rest.
Unfortunately though, Alvarez’s most memorable dunk ever is not available for us to see online, but he still vividly remembers few of the details on how he was able to execute it.
The moment came when San Miguel, one of his eight teams in his PBA career, went up against Shell although he no longer remembers when it exactly happened.
“Hindi na makita sa YouTube ‘yung dinakdakan ko si Ken Redfield,” said Alvarez when asked about his favorite dunk during a coaching webinar of Hoop Coaches International.
In this play, the man they call ‘Mr. Excitement’ stole the ball from Redfield, and Alvarez was about to make a dunk. But Alvarez was surprised to see Redfield in pursuit in an attempt for a chasedown block.
What Alvarez did was something he will never forget.
“Naagawan ko siya tapos pa-dunk na ako, nakita ko sa likod, bablangkahin na ako eh. Sinandalan ko, kinaliwa ko,” said Alvarez.
The dunk was such a highlight, Alvarez said, that San Miguel made a commercial out of it.
“Sabi ng announcer, ‘Alvarez, kinaliwa.’ ‘Yun ang pinakamagandang dunk ko,” he added.
Aside from the dunk, Alvarez said he will also never forget the gesture of Redfield after the game when he visited the San Miguel locker room in an act of sportsmanship.
“After ng game, si Ken Redfield, pumasok sa dugout ng San Miguel. Sabi niya, talagang you’re the best. The best dunk I’ve ever seen. Kasi sinandalan ko siya.
“Simula nun, naging parang magkaibigan kami. Hindi rin siya makapaniwala. Laki niya sa akin,” said Alvarez.
Do you still remember that dunk? Let us know.