A video has gone viral about a Philippine national team Under-18 player by the name of Gian Mamuyac blocking a potential game-winner from two-time NBA MVP in an exhibition game in Taiwan. The Filipino teen blocks Steph Curry with only five seconds remaining on the game clock. The game is said to be part of the Golden State Warriors’ SC30 Asia Under Armour tour.
In the video, Mamuyac, was seen defending the superstar in the dying seconds of the game. Curry went to the left side of the three-point line, dribbled behind his back and did a familiar step-back move before launching the ball. The teen, however, managed to put a tight defense on Curry and deflected the shot.
The three-time All-Star was all smiles even after the block. He gave Mamuyac some credit and even give him a high-five.
“It was a great defense,” Curry told the hosts.
In a report published by Spin.ph, a Taiwanese celebrity reportedly asked for a replay of the last five seconds of the game and at that point, Curry did not disappoint the fans. He made the shot from the same spot where he got blocked by Mamuyac.
According to Aussie Network News, Mamuyac’s impressive block on Curry earned him the game’s MVP. Curry also offered Mamuyac to join him in his basketball camp in the United States.
Curry is considered to be one of the fastest three-point shooters in the NBA today. No one can doubt the superstar’s ability to take shots from way outside the three-point line, even in the dying seconds of the game, and still manage to pull it off. So if you happen to block one of his signature step-back shots, your defense really must be something.
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