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David Carlos’ highlight-worthy set not enough to overcome Vadim Miller


On any given day, David Carlos’ set for the 2019 FIBA World Tour Masters Doha would have won any competition.

But Friday evening was not one of those days.

Ukrainian dunk artist Vadim Miller was able to exact some measure of revenge over the 5-foot-9 Filipino dunk king, putting up a flawless performance in the finale to take the Doha Masters’ Slam Dunk Competition championship.

The last time the two aerial artists met was back in the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup in Bulacan that saw Carlos deny Miller a podium finish.

This time around, Miller scored a perfect 90 in the heads-up showdown to win USD 2,500.

The 30-year-old native of Manila though put on a show in front of the OFWs that traveled to the Katara Amphitheatre.

After his clock back dunk over six people only netted a 26, Carlos stepped up his game by throwing a scorpion dunk over Balanga Chooks’ Alvin Pasaol.

Putting everything on the line as Miller already had 60, Carlos brought out a ladder. Balanga’s Karl Dehesa was placed on top of the ladder with him putting a ball close to the rim while Pasaol was on the floor with a second ball behind his back.

In one swoop, Carlos jammed both balls.

One of the judges though only gave the Filipino a nine for a total of 85.

For his efforts, Carlos still brought home USD 500.

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