Blackwater Elite’s Guard Emil Renz Palma was named as the runner-up in PBA’s 2018 Slam Dunk Contest held in Batangas City.
Entered the competition as a much less popular player, the 2017 second round pick wowed the crowd as he converted all of his dunks in just one attempt.
During the first round, Palma soar in the air and made a 360 degrees dunk. He scored 37 points, that was three nines and a ten from Alvin Patrimonio.
In the second round Renz Palma scored a perfect 40 using a reverse slam while the momentum of his body is going away from the rim.
Palma and Rey Guevarra faced off in the Final round. In his first attempt in the championship, Palma needed the help of Allein Maliksi, Poy Erram and Mac Belo all are his teammates in Blackwater plus a kid. This might be his best slam dunk as he soar like Zach Lavine launching almost from the free-throw line. That showmanship gave him 39 points. Only competition judge Atoy Co isn’t that 100% satisfied with the performance as he gave only 9.
In the second round of the Slam Dunk Finals, Palma used a windmill dunk which was good for 36 points.
However, Rey Guevarra was so serious of taking back his throne as brought his best dunks. First he did a between-the-legs slam then followed up with dunk over a motorcycle and its rider which is JC Intal in his helmet. Both Guevarra and Palma got tied and sent the contest to a sudden death. Each players were given one attempt to break the tie.
In the extended round, Palma continued his one attempt dunk and used another 360 degrees slam which got a score of 39. Then Guevarra thrown a thunderous windmill which made the judges convinced that he’s indeed the 2018 Slam Dunk King as they gave him a perfect 40 points.
Rey Guevarra now have four slam dunk competition trophies in his career. He made three straight from 2014 to 2016 and he just added one for 2018.
Here are some of the comments from Twitterverse about Renz Palma.
Rey Guevarra wins the crown, Renz Palma wins the night!
— Jonas Terrado (@jonastsinelas) May 25, 2018
Renz Palma did very well!! He did everything with only one attempt!! WALANG MINTIS!! He deserves to win 😭 HE’S MY CHAMPION NO MATTER WHAT!!! ❤️❤️❤️ RENZ PALMA PA DIN.
— #RepeatTheFeatDLSU 💚 (@imaynotbewitch) May 25, 2018
GUYS YUNG TOTOO WALA AKONG IDEA NA MAY GANITO SI RENZ PALMA pic.twitter.com/MYg3qaihKF
— Chuck Araneta 🇵🇭 (@chuck_araneta) May 25, 2018
— Philip Matel (@philipptionary) May 25, 2018
Puro first attempt, lumipad, nag 180 degrees. Wow! You got my heart that fast, Renz Palma!
— Aly Arenas (@alyblah_) May 25, 2018