Filipino pro dunker David Carlos advances to 3×3 World Cup dunk finals

Beatrice Go
Filipino pro dunker David Carlos advances to 3×3 World Cup dunk finals
Team Philippines nets mixed results in the slamdunk qualifier

MANILA, Philippines – David Carlos emerged as the sole finalist for the Philippines in the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 dunk qualifiers on Sunday, June 10. 

The Filipino pro dunker tallied a total of 47 points that merited him a finals slot. 

Carlos began his act by jumping over 4 people lined up in a column and successfully displayed a half windmill. However, he hit the last person whom he used as a prop. 

In the second round, Carlos ran down the baseline, collected the ball from the first person he used as an obstacle and finished it with a two-handed reverse slam and a backboard kick.

France’s Guy “Frequent Flyer” Dupuy topped the competition with 53 points, while Ukraine’s Vadym “Miller” Piddubchenko and Dmytro “Smoove” Krivenko scored 48 and 47 points, respectively. 

Carlos – an NCAA juniors title holder with San Sebastian College in 2006 and a former University of Santo Tomas team B member – started his dunking career in 2013.

The 30-year-old also won the 2017 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Slam Dunk Contest, besting Polish dunking star Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski last September.

Rey Guevarra, the Philippine bet in the 2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour dunk contest,  failed to advance after his combined 19 points placed him at 6th in the qualifiers. 

The Phoenix Fuelmasters guard’s chances were slim after 3 unsuccessful attempts in the second round. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.