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TNT’s Calvin Oftana bags 2024 PBA All-Star guards three-point shootout title

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GUARDS EDITION. Calvin Oftana of the TNT Tropang Giga rules the 2024 PBA All-Star guards 3-point shootout at the University of St. La Salle Gym in Bacolod City on March 23, 2024. PBA PHOTO

Calvin Oftana stole the spotlight at the 2024 PBA All-Star festivities presented by Arena Plus, leaving spectators in awe at the University of St. La Salle Gym in Bacolod City on March 23, 2024.

With a modest performance in the eliminations, where he posted 22 points, Oftana barely secured his spot in the championship round of the three-point shootout. 

However, when the title was on the line, Oftana turned up the heat, unleashing a barrage of treys to amass an impressive 25 points, securing victory over seasoned contenders Paul Lee (20 points) and Chris Newsome (15 points).

Oftana’s scintillating performance not only crowned him as the new three-point champ but also etched his name in the annals of PBA history as the third TNT player to claim victory in the shootout, following in the footsteps of legends Jimmy Alapag and Renren Ritualo.

Throughout the medal play, Oftana displayed unwavering focus and precision, surpassing Lee’s leading score and sealing his triumph with a flawless display of shooting prowess. 

As the final rack approached, even Lee found himself among those cheering Oftana on, a testament to the young player’s remarkable performance.

In a poignant moment, Oftana calmly sank the final money ball, igniting cheers from the crowd and solidifying his status as the undisputed king of the three-point shootout.

For Lee, the defeat marked a missed opportunity to join an elite group of players who have achieved back-to-back championship victories in the competition. Nonetheless, his sportsmanship was evident as he wholeheartedly cheered on Oftana’s remarkable performance.

Among the notable players who fell short in the eliminations were Maverick Ahanmisi, James Yap, Alec Stockton, Robbie Herndon, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin, Andrei Caracut, Marcio Lassiter, and Javi Gomez-De Liano, each showcasing their shooting skills but ultimately falling short of advancing to the finals.

In a testament to Oftana’s winning ways, his triumph in the three-point shootout adds another accolade to his illustrious career, having previously claimed championships with San Beda in the NCAA, TNT in the PBA, and with Gilas in the Asian Games.

As the celebration ensued and Oftana basked in the glory of his victory, it was evident that his remarkable performance had left an indelible mark on the PBA All-Star festivities, captivating basketball fans and cementing his legacy as a sharpshooting sensation.

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