Kobe Paras successfully defended his title in the FIBA 3X3 Slam Dunk Contest early Monday in Hungary as he defeated representatives from the United States, Uruguay, and Hungary, the host of this year’s competition. Kobe Paras topped the qualifiers with a score of 56 points.
During the finals, UCLA-bound Kobe Paras went up against USA’s Jalek Felton, Hungary’s Mark Boros and Uruguay’s Agustin Da Costa. The 17-year-old Kobe Paras made it to the finals after he performed an off-the-bounce reverse windmill and between-the-legs dunk in the elimination round.
During the finals of the Slam Dunk contest, Kobe Paras went up against Team USA’s Jalek Felton, after the American beat Uruguay’s Agustin Da Costa in a sudden-death elimination to determine the other finalist.
Kobe Paras needs a perfect dunk to retain his title, he grabbed the ball from his teammate’s hand to nail a slick reverse flush and claimed perfect 10s across the board as he brought home the title for the Philippine Team.
Uruguay’s Da Costa finished with the bronze medal.
Paras’ victory gave the Philippine team something to celebrate after they were eliminated in the group rounds of the FIBA 3×3 Under-18 world championships.