Melton and Guevarra treated the fans with high-flying aerial battle show as they were named as Co-Champions in the 2014 PBA All-Star Slamdunk Contest

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Before the 2014 PBA All-Star Slamdunk contest, fans already expected that San Mig’s diminutive guard Justin Melton can pull the crowds out of their sits, but we never expected that Meralco’s Rey Guevarra is an amazing dunker as he went head-to-head with the explosive Melton.

Melton and Guevarra emerge as co-champions in this year’s PBA slam dunk competition after both came out with back-to-back perfect scores in the two-round finals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Melton’s leaping ability
Melton, the shortest competitor at 5-9 and without doubt the crowd favorite, readily brought the crowd to its feet when he jumped over two San Mig utility men for a one-handed dunk right on his first attempt.
The former Mt. Olive College standout then tore a page off former NBA slam-dunk champion Spud Webb’s playbook in the finals, pulling off a two-handed reverse dunk and an amazing elevator left-handed slam dunk for perfect 40-point scores from the four judges.
Guevarra’s unexpected leaping ability
On the other hand, Guevarra, who is more known as an outside gunner and a slasher, upended the Ginebra combo of defending champion Chris Ellis and one of Asia’s best dunker Japeth Aguilar to make it as a surprise finalist then held his own against the earlier favorite Melton.
Guevarra earned two perfect scores of 40 points after executing a flawless difficult baseline reverse dunk during the first round of the finals, before adding a graceful mid-air spin on the way to a rim-rattling dunk to get another 40-point score from the four judges.
After the two-round dunks, both were declared co-champions though the loudest cheer easily went to crowd favorite Melton due to his ability to soar despite his size.
“The Spud Webb dunk came from the request from my Twitter followers but I felt comfortable doing it,” said a beaming Melton after the dunk contest.
The four judges were PBA legends Atoy Co and Bogs Adornado, PBA Press Corps president Barry Pascua and celebrity Ramon Bautista.
Although he had to face the likes of Ellis and Aguilar, Melton said he never felt any kind of intimidation at all despite his size.
“There’s no intimidation but I just came here to have fun. It’s not about the height but it’s about what you do,” added the 27-year-old Mixers rookie.
Meantime, Guevarra proved that every participant can surprise everybody just like what John Wall did in the 2014 NBA Slamdunk Contest, by doing the fate in the PBA. 
The Letran standout said that he was surprised to beat the likes of Ellis, Aguilar and even Alaska’s Calvin Abueva considering that he struggled to perfect his dunks during practice.
“Sobrang pressure, saka kinakabahan nga ako dahil sa practice, di ko ma-shoot yung between the legs ko,” he said. “Kanina na lang sa adrenaline ng dunk, nagawa ko naman.

After being declared champions, Guevarra and Melton both showcased exhibition dunks to the delight of the audience.

— with reports from

Ed Umbao

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