MAVERICK Ahanmisi crowned himself the new Obstacle Course champ at the start of the PBA All-Star Weekend on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Rain or Shine rookie submitted the fastest time of 32.95 seconds in the finals to beat Carlo Lastimosa of Blackwater for the P30,000 cash prize.
Lastimosa timed 34.11 seconds.
"It's a good feeling. It's good to win. I'm just blessed to be part of the competition this weekend," said Ahanmisi.
Defending champion Jeric Fortuna was eliminated as early as the first round by Lastimosa himself.
"Lamang ako hanggang sa dulo, pero hindi ko na-shoot yung tira ko," said the Globalport playmaker. "Hanggang sa nakahabol na si Karlo tapos na-shoot niya yung tira niya."
Mark Cruz finished third with 36.9 seconds, followed by Mark Barroca (45.0), Paolo Taha (46.11), and Scottie Thompson (49.48).
In the opening round, Ahanmisi ousted Bryan Heruela, Cruz won over Eman Monfort, Barroca eliminated Jai Reyes, Thompson beat Chris Banchero, and Taha edged out Newsome.
“You come out here and have fun, but there’s also a part of you that wanted to win,” said Ahanmisi.
The rookie playmaker thought he wasn’t able to beat the 34.11 seconds of Lastimosa.
“I didn’t think that I’m gonna beat him. But what’s always great for me is my three. My first shot went it and I got lucky this time,” said Ahanmisi.
The Obstacle course is a test of ball-handling, passing, and shooting ability, where players first dribble between five obstacles while running down the court.
The player then must throw a pass into a net that does not touch the ground, dribble back the full length of the court for a lay-up, before dribbling back down the court and hit a three pointer