BOCAUE, Bulacan—Professional dunker David Carlos achieved his goal of nabbing the bronze, but it was Ukraine’s Dmytro “Smooth” Krivenko who stole the show in the final of the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Slam Dunk Contest on Tuesday at the Philippine Arena.
Carlos qualified for the finals after scoring a combined 47 points last Sunday, after which he said he was aiming for third place.
The 5-foot-9 Filipino did just that as he scored a combined 46 points in his dunks in the finals.
Carlos first threw down an off-the-bounce windmill for a score of 21, before leaping over a tower of two people for a score of 25.
His total was not enough to put him through to the finals, as Krivenko and France’s Guy Dupuy each scored a combined 51 with their superb dunks.
However, he did enough to beat Vadym Piddubchenko of Ukraine, who had 27 in his first dunk but flubbed all of his tries in the second.
In the final, Dupuy sealed his fate when he ran out of time in his first dunk, though he made up for it by putting up perfect slams in his next two attempts — including an off-the-bounce, between the legs slam over a man riding a bile in his final attempt.
Krivenko out-dueled him with a variety of acrobatic slams, however, including one that saw him take a pass from a teammate before rotating for a 360-degree dunk.
"This feels amazing," said Krivenko. "I do it for Ukraine. I don't do it for anything else. It's for the medal and for the country."
"Guy is not just used to the time limit, but he's amazing," he added.
The Ukrainian finished with a 79 in the final, while Dupuy got 60.
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