PASSI CITY – Dave Murrell edged out Tyrus Hill to cop the 2023 PBA All-Star Slam Dunk Competition crown, Friday at the City of Passi Arena here.
The Converge guard faced a major threat in the finale when the Blackwater winger scored 50 in his final attempt after leaping over Jamie Malonzo for a one-handed slam, but the accumulated points proved that he did well enough.
Murrell scored 92 points, garnering 46 in each of his two dunks — a 360 two-hander, and then a 360 windmill to close out the contest.
“I thought I gotta come out better,” said the sophomore out of UP, when asked about Hill’s 50-point jam in the championship round.
Both Murrell and Hill scored 92 points to reach the Final, beating out Brandon Rosser of NLEX (89) and Phoenix forward Chris Lalata (80).
The competition was supposed to be a five-man field but Malonzo backed out at the last minute, citing a nagging shoulder injury. But the Ginebra forward said that he’ll still be taking part in the All-Star Game on Saturday.
Judges for this year’s dunk competition were league all-time greats Allan Caidic and Noli Locsin, Passi City mayor Stephen Palmares, PBA Press Corps president Gerry Ramos, and veteran sportscaster Andy Jao.