HIGH-flying KG Canaleta believes rookie Chris Newsome came up with the most creative move during the slam dunk contest of the PBA All-Star festivities, and could have won had the Meralco guard made the basket right in his first attempt.
Canaleta, the five-time slam dunk champion, came out impressed with Newsome’s first dunk in the finals against eventual champion Rey Guevarra, in which he juggled three basketballs before throwing one of them high up in the air and slamming it.
Unfortunately, it took the shooting guard out of Ateneo three tries before making the basket. He only received 46 points for the effort from five judges that included Canaleta, four-time league MVP Alvin Patrimonio, and cage greats Johnny Abarrientos, Nic Belasco, and Bong Ravena.
“Actually yung kay Newsome,” he said when asked what among the moves really stood out for him. “Kung nakuha niya agad yun, baka siya ang nanalo.”
In contrast, Guevarra received 50 points right in his initial dunk in the finals, where the two-time reigning champion jumped over a bending fan off an assist from Ginebra rookie Scottie Thompson.
“Siyempre may impact kung na-shoot mo agad,” said Canaleta. “Hindi naman lahat nagagawa yun. Lahat sila nakaka-dunk, pero yung ganung may pakulo, mahirap yun.”