Filipinos are great! Just like Ricardo Reyes, the Filipino busboy-You Tube sensation from Los Angeles who beat NBA superstars in the arcade game of Pop-A-Shot, Raul De Leon of Marikina City has turned out to be the man to beat in the ongoing Coors Light NBA Pop-A-Shot Tournament 2011 in Manila over the weekend.
De Leon, 49, who works at a pest control agency, set a local Pop-A-Shot record high of 563 at the second leg of the 2011 Coors NBA Pop-A-Shot competition at Blue Onion Bar in Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City last weekend. The score is the highest in this year’s tournament so far, and even higher than last year’s Coors Light NBA Pop-A-Shot championship score of 457.
De Leon played twice, scoring 491 on the first try, then made the record-setting score on his second attempt. He has been playing pop-a-shot for 13 years.
“I usually shoot with two hands, but this time I only used my right hand to shoot, using the stock-up method. Just shoot and shoot and keep your focus. The basket isn’t moving anyway, and there is a lesser chance to miss a basket. I just love this game,” he said.
Four other Pop-A-Shot artists got into the Blue Onion Magic 5 and will join De Leon in the Coors Light NBA Pop A Shot Finals. They are : Edmund Bolino, 227; Gioncarlo Chua, 217; Donn Torres, 199 and Arthur Campos, 149.
The next Coors Light NBA Pop-A-Shot leg will be held at SM MOA Baywalk from September 1-3, 2011. The fourth leg will be held at Greens and Grills at Festival Mall in Alabang from September 8-10, 2011. A final leg will be held at the end of September 2011 with the final venue to be announced. As an added incentive for loyal fans, the top five who participate at every venue from this week’s SM MOA Baywalk onwards till the finals will stand a chance to win a Coors Light-NBA Loyalty Prize Pack. The first five loyal fans who turn up at the finals will win the Coors Light-NBA Loyalty Prize Pack.
To join the NBA’s favourite arcade game, all that bar habitués have to do is purchase two bottles of Coors Light Beer to be able to play two 30-second games for the night, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The top five scorers of each venue will advance to the Coors Light NBA Pop-A-Shot Final Challenge at the end of September, with the winner getting a unique NBA experience.
NBA talent will attend the Finals to add more excitement to the challenge of beating the clock while shooting as many basketballs as possible into an authentic NBA Pop-A-Shot machine.
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