It was a slam dunk so emphatic that the official NBA Twitter account posed the question: was it the best dunk of the FIBA World Cup so far?
The offender was Gabe Norwood, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painter forward of Gilas Pilipinas. The victim in this instance was Luis Scola, the Indiana Pacers veteran of Argentina. With his team in the midst of an inspired first half run, Norwood put the ball on the floor and charged towards the rim with Scola being his one obstacle remaining.
Instead of going around him, Norwood decided to go right at him, making for one of the most electrifying moments of the tournament after three days.
Argentina eventually came out on top of a thriller, 85-81, dropping Gilas to an 0-3 card in the tournament. But this dunk is proof that Norwood wasn’t exaggerating when he promised that the team would “play to the end” in their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
But Norwood wasn’t done yet. With his team trailing by 2, 48-46, in the third quarter, Norwood made another statement that would not go unnoticed by making Spanish Leaguer Marcos Mata the latest addition to his poster club.
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