Slam Dunk (Shohoku vs Sannoh)

Well, for those who never watched the anime or even read the manga, try to spend your time for this one haha :)

Slam Dunk is talking about a basketball team from Shohoku High School

Here is Slam Dunk plot

Slam Dunk centers around Hanamichi Sakuragi, who starts as a delinquent outcast, becoming the leader of a gang. Hanamichi, being very unpopular with girls, has been rejected by them fifty times. Yet, he finds out that Haruko Akagi is the girl of his dreams, and is happy when she’s not scared of him like all the other girls he has asked out.

Haruko Akagi, who recognizes Hanamichi’s athleticism, introduces him to the Shohoku basketball team. Hanamichi was reluctant to join the team at first because he had no previous background in any sports and thought that basketball was a game for losers (also because the fiftieth girl rejected him for a basketball player). Sakuragi, despite his immaturity and hot temper, proves to be a natural athlete with potential and joins the team in order to impress Haruko and prove that he is worthy of her. Kaede Rukawa — Sakuragi’s bitter rival (both on the basketball court and love, even when Rukawa doesn’t acknowledge Haruko’s crush on him), the star rookie and a “girl magnet” – joins the team at the same time. Hisashi Mitsui, an ex-junior high school MVP, and Ryota Miyagi, a short but fast player, both also rejoin the team and together these four struggle to complete team captain Takenori Akagi‘s dream of making Shohoku the national champion. Together, these misfits gain publicity and the once little known Shohoku basketball team becomes an all-star contender in Japan

And here is the short story in the end of the story

Sakuragi and the gang left Kanagawa for the Nationals. They first faced Toyotama in the first round. It was a tough match. If it wasn’t for Toyotama’s lack of discipline, Shohoku would have lost the match. Rukawa played a great part in this match and Sakuragi’s training camp jump shots really paid off.

Their next opponent is the former 3-time champions, Sannoh.

The night after beating Toyotama, Shohoku watched the video tape of the match from last year against Kainan and Sannoh. Kainan lost by 20 points. This got Shohoku worried except Sakuragi. He just doesn’t know why to be scared.

Meanwhile, Sannoh faced the former Sannoh Team who are All-Stars in College right now. To the surprise of the veterans, the new Sannoh squashed the old Sannoh. They are indeed ready

Sannoh has never faced defeat which means their fans never felt it too. The day of the competition arrived. Shohoku entered a hostile crowd which treated them as the bad guys. Not a single soul cheered for Shohoku. Although this was the case, Shohoku was focused on the match.

Sakuragi opened the match with an alley-oop from Miyagi which surprised everyone. The red headed tensai followed it up with another. Mitsui was guarded by the best defender of Sannoh but he still managed to make 3 consecutive 3-pointers.

Shohoku managed to take the lead at halftime. 36-34.

At the opening of the 2nd half, Sannoh were the first to get to the court. They executed perfect full court press which troubled Shohoku. Sawakita and the gang made the score 36-60. Rukawa is just outskilled by his fellow Ace Rookie and Akagi admits defeat to Masashi.

Coach Anzei’s secret weapon, Hanamichi Sakuragi only got better. Sakuragi demonstrated rebounding ability along with blocking shots. Akagi taught him the 4 point rebound play. Sakuragi indeed a genius for learning so quick. Mitsui shot three pointers eventhough his body denies him. Miyagi’s spirit went up when Ayako wrote “Number 1 Point Guard” on his right hand. They closed in the gap 71-76

Sakuragi injured his spine in his attempt to save the ball. He was replaced by Kogure but he insisted to play, rsking his whole basketball life. Mitsui managed to make a 3-pointer and get a foul. The score is now 75-76

Rukawa goes for the lay-up but it was denied by Masashi Kawata. Sakuragi dives for the ball again and passes to the wide open Rukawa, the first ever pass for Rukawa. Rukawa makes the shot as Sakuragi looks on. Shohoku 77-76

The last 24 seconds. Somehow, Sawakita brings the ball down and nails it. A 2-point shot to lead Sannoh 77-78

10 seconds remaining. Sakuragi runs down the court. 7 seconds, Akagi is trying to find an open man to pass the ball. He finds Rukawa and passes the ball to him. Rukawa runs the ball down. He pulls up with 2 seconds remaining. Meanwhile, Sakuragi tries to remember everything coach Anzei taught him about jump shot. Suddenly, Rukawa makes a sneaky pass to Sakuragi, the first ever pass also from Rukawa. Sakuragi uses the knees, relaxes the upper body, shots the ball. It goes in and it counts. Time is over. Shohoku wins the game!

It taught me something. Now, I realize that I have a big gap in my score between others. But I must never give up to do, manage, and give my best in order to catch up with others for my first aim.

Impossible is nothing :) As Shohoku can do it, I also can do it :)

Keep moving forward

Oh! Here is a 3D motion of Slam Dunk series. It looks real and similar with story that I have told you above. Hope you all can enjoy also :)

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One thought on “Slam Dunk (Shohoku vs Sannoh)

  1. Like it :)

    Life is always full of ups and downs. These moments allow us to learn and appreciate the people around us and how God intervenes. Like Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” . This mean God is for us even in our lowest low.

    Yes bro… keep moving forward indeed and to be more complete “keep moving forward with confidence in God”

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