BARANGAY Ginebra’s high-flying wingman Chris Ellis has set his sight on reclaiming the PBA Slam Dunk title he won in the 2013 PBA All-Star Weekend in Digos City, Davao.
But he realizes that the road to a second slam dunk championship in three years won’t be easy because of the strong field of competitors led by 2014 co-champions Justin Melton of Purefoods Star and Meralco’s Rey Guevarra in this year's midseason spectacle in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.
As he enters the All-Star side event for the third straight year, the 6-4 Ellis said he plans to pull off two dunks which he never got to perform last season as well as a couple more moves 'up his sleeves.'
“Just like last year, I had two dunks I really wanted to do that I didn’t get to do, but definitely, I’ll be prepared to do those, and I had a couple up my sleeves also,” Ellis shared to Spin.ph.
The 2015 PBA All-Star Weekend kicks off this Friday and will culminate in the North vs. South match on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Ellis had a disappointing slam-dunk performance last year but revealed that over the past months, he has returned to serious individual workout in his desire to improve.
“I’ve been focusing on lifting a lot, doing a lot of the workout, just kinda like in the past,” said the former Mary Liardon Baylor stalwart.
On the other hand, Melton, the crowd favorite in last year’s dunk contest, admitted he has not given a careful thought on this year’s edition due to Purefoods Star’s current campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup.
But over the next few days leading to the contest, he intends to come up with something in the hope of winning a second dunk championship in just his second season as a pro.
“I have some ideas already. Some people have been shooting me ideas, but lets see what happens,” said the 5-9 Fil-Am guard without going into details.