Paras and Bartlett win big in UAAP preseason kickoff
August 17, 2018 – Mall of Asia Atrium
By Rock Punzalan
UAAP 2018: Kobe Paras and Jordan Bartlett weaved magic to win indiviual events to open 2018 UAAP Season 81 Last Man Standing event at Mall of Asia Atrium this Friday. Paras lorded it over in the UAAP Slam Dunk Contest, while Bartlett reigned supreme in the UAAP 1 on 1 tourney.
➤ Paras grabbed the Slam Dunk title over David Carlos, after a double-overtime dunkfest. Carlos is also a pro dunk artist.
➤ Kobe gassed, fatigued and all after six hours coming from the rim jamming tilt joined the 1 on 1 tournament. He reached the Finals but fell short against ball handling wizard Bartlett with scores 11-8.
➤ Kobe represented the UP Fighting Maroons, while Jordan is a newcomer recruit of De La Salle Green Archers. Paras was a former player of the US NCAA Creighton University and Northridge, while Bartlett was a former reserve of the NU Bulldogs. Both will not play the regular UAAP season to serve residency requirements.
➤ Meanwhile, Jerom Lastimosa wowed in the Skill’s Challenge, while Jerrick Ahanmisi sniped his way to victory in the 3-Point Shootout. Both hails from Adamson University.
➤ On the other hand, the Women’s department had Ria Nabalan winning the 1 on 1 event, Camille Claro and Anna Castillo of DLSU bagged the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Shootout respectively.