Rey Guevarra admits changing dunks routine in face of threat from Chris Newsome
Rey Guevarra with his winning dunk. Jaime Campos

REY Guevarra admitted he saw Chris Newsome as a legitimate threat to his three-peat bid in the Slam Dunk Contest in the PBA All-Star weekend on Friday night.

The two-time defending champion Guevarra edged his Meralco teammate, 97-96, in the final round of the event, but went through anxious moments when he saw Newsome come up with equally impressive slams.

“Na-challenge ako. Bigla ako nagpalit ng mga dunk,” Guevarra told Spin.ph after the contest. “Nag-isip ako ng iba para maging masaya yung mga tao.”

“Inisip ko kanina ano ang pwede ko gawin (para tapatan yung mga dunk ni Newsome),” added the athletic wingman, who clinched his third straight title with a one-handed flush after jumping over Raymond Almazan and Jericho Cruz.

Guevarra did just enough to defend his title for the second straight year as he aims to move one title away from five-time Slam Dunk king Nino Canaleta next year.

“Masaya kasi pangarap ko rin na maka-tatlong straight,” the 29-year-old cager said. “Thankful ako kay God na binigyan niya ako ng ganung strength pa rin at health para sumali pa rin.”

“Kung kaya (tapatan si KG), bakit hindi, ‘di ba?” he added. “Syempre, dream ko rin yun: kung hangga’t ilan ang kaya ko kunin.”

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