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Starting 5ive: Greatest Moments in PBA All-Star Weekend

March 8, 2015
The PBA All-Star Weekend did not disappoint in entertaining the fans, going as far as allowing the North All-Stars to take off their jerseys during the dance showdown. Here are five of the most entertaining and memorable moments, which may or may not include a Beau Belga half naked photo:


Was it an actual dunk attempt, or did 2014 Slam Dunk co-champion Justin Melton just wanted to wear Joe DeVance’s sweaty shirt on his face? Whatever it was, the results were hilarious. The judges gave him a 5, but he scored a perfect 10 for viral points with headlines such as “Blindfolded Slam Dunk Goes As Horribly As You’d Expect” from Huffington Post and “Blindfolded dunk attempt results in hilarious sports fail” from Mashable.

But before you dismiss Melton “The Flying Minion” as a joke, we’re talking to you Daniel Orton, here are his dunks from last year’s competition:


Japeth made it to the finals of the Slam Dunk contest, but failed to snatch the crown from reigning co-champion Rey Guevarra. As a starter at the North-South All Star Game, he took his frustrations out on the rim, and slammed it ferociously (by Japeth Aguilar standards) every chance he got. He was on dunk mode from the opening tip that, at one point, all North teammate LA Tenorio had to do was throw a high bounce pass from the three-point line and Japeth turned it into an alley-oop. Japeth ended All-Star Sunday with 25 points, and hopefully, a good night’s sleep.


…And the MVP trophy from Calvin Abueva. The All-Star Game ended in controversy after Romeo was named MVP over Abueva, who topscored with 37 points, and added 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the North squad. Romeo, for his part, did score 30 points and hit a couple of crucial baskets during crunch time to seal the victory. The GlobalPort phenom also won the Three-Point Shootout and scored 50 points for the Sophomores on All-Star Friday. #superbless


So, they danced again. And this happened.

Photo by Nuki Sabio
Photo by Nuki Sabio



Jimmy Alapag played in a PBA-sanctioned game for one last time, leaving one last mark to his great legacy. He reunited with old friend Asi Taulava for the South All-Stars, and set a new All-Star Game record in assists with 17. The previous record was held by–surprise, surprise–Jimmy Alapag. At halftime, The Mighty Mouse delivered an emotional speech as his number 3 jersey was retired, but his wife LJ had the line of the night: “I married a legend.”

Artwork by Finney Mann
Artwork by Finney Mann