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Raymond Almazan is PBA All-Star big men 3-point shootout champion

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3-POINT SHOOTOUT CHAMP. Raymond Almazan of the Meralco Bolts secures the  PBA All-Star big men 3-point shootout title at the PBA All-Star festivities at the University of La Salle gymnasium in Bacolod City on March 23, 2024. PBA PHOTO

Meralco Bolts player Raymond Almazan emerged as the inaugural three-point shootout champion for big men during the PBA All-Star festivities held at the University of La Salle gymnasium in Bacolod City on March 23, 2024.

Standing tall at 6-foot-8, Almazan showcased his shooting prowess by notching an impressive 19 points in the finals, securing victory over formidable opponents including Dave Marcelo, rookie Christian David, and Isaac Go.

The thrilling competition unfolded with Almazan, accompanied by his son, stepping onto the court amidst an electrifying atmosphere. With the presence of PBA luminaries such as chairman Ricky Vargas, Commissioner Willie Marcial, and Vice Chairman Bobby Rosales, the stakes were high as the players vied for the prestigious title and the accompanying P30,000 prize money.

In the eliminations, David and Go set the initial pace, each racking up an impressive 20 points. However, when the pressure intensified in the finals, they couldn’t replicate their earlier success, with David managing 15 points and Go scoring 13.

Meanwhile, Marcelo emerged as a formidable challenger, matching Almazan shot for shot and finishing with a commendable 16 points in the finals. The tense showdown saw Almazan and Marcelo locked in a tie with 17 points after the eliminations, setting the stage for a gripping finale.

As the final moments unfolded, Almazan maintained his composure, sinking crucial shots to secure his victory and etch his name in the annals of PBA history as the first-ever three-point shootout champion for big men.

Joining Almazan in the list of participants were Keith Zaldivar and the newly crowned Obstacle Challenge champion JM Calma, each notching 16 points in the eliminations. Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo showcased his versatility with 15 points, while Jason Perkins demonstrated his shooting touch with 14 points. Leonard Santillan, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, and James Laput rounded out the field with 12, 9, and 5 points respectively.

The three-point shootout for big men provided fans with a thrilling spectacle, highlighting the diverse skill sets of PBA players beyond their traditional roles on the court. Almazan’s victory serves as a testament to his dedication and hard work, showcasing that big men are more than capable of lighting it up from long range.

As the cheers echoed through the arena and Almazan basked in the glory of his triumph, it was evident that the PBA All-Star festivities had delivered yet another memorable moment for basketball enthusiasts nationwide.

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