Displaying wicked leaps and dunks, a native of San Lorenzo, Guimaras emerged champion in the first-ever Zoom Dunk Competition in Western Visayas

Francis Pugao, a 5-foot-11 native of Barangay Tamborong impressed the online watchers, including the three judges with his stellar performances in three rounds.

Organized by the Player’s Center Sports Academy (GPCSA), the 22-year-old Pugao out formed 1st runner-up Michael Joe Igpuara and 2nd runner-up Joered Sorongon, both from Barangay Salvacion in Buenavista, in the gold medal round.

GPCSA’s founder and West Visayas State University’s sports director Dr. Richard Gabayoyo said they are happy with the turnout of the event, especially that it was supported by many fans.

“This is our way promote physical fitness and to provide avenue to our players for competition as well as to promote sports and to keep people active amidst pandemic,” Gabayoyo said.

Pugao executed a one-hander dunk while jumping over two motorcycles. He did a 360 turn one-hander dunk in the preliminaries and a one-hander flush while jumping over six persons in the semifinals. Of the 23 competitors, only 11 dunkers reached the semis.

“I am happy with the turnout of this Zoom dunk competition. This is a one of a kind here in Western Visayas. We were able to draw 23 players,” Gabayoyo added.IMT