Newsome bounces back from last year’s close defeat to win Slam Dunk title

LUCENA CITYThere’s no more denying Meralco high-flying sophomore Chris Newsome as he finally took home the PBA Slam Dunk title after winning by a hairline over GlobalPort reserve James Forrester on Wednesday at the Quezon Convention Center.

Rey Guevarra failed to win a fourth straight Slam Dunk title after bombing out in the first round, opening a huge window of opportunity for Newsome, last year’s runner-up who was poised to win it all heading to the one-on-one dunk off against Forrester.

Forrester, the athletic young wingman from GlobalPort, quickly impressed the judges with a two-hand pump and slam over Stanley Pringle for a perfect 50.

Newsome, the reigning Rookie of the Year tried to catch up but his behind-the-board dunk attempt took too much time and excitement as he settled for 43 points from the judges.

But Forrester botched his supposed exclamation dunk to settle for 36 points, leaving the door open open for Newsome, leaning on his trademark juggling-the-ball dunk to finally capture the crown by via a 1-point difference

Guevarra made a good account in trying his fourth straight title but both Newsome and Forrester were just way too better in terms of dunk quality.

Ginebra rookie Jammer Jamito, meanwhile, provided some humor in the competition after faking a jump over 6-foot-10 Japeth Aguilar for a sweet sidestep jam.

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