Former PBA player Joey Mente succumbs to lung cancer at 42

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Joey Mente passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer at age 42 on Wednesday.

His San Miguel Beermen (SMB) teammate Olsen Racela confirmed the news to CNN Philippines.

Mente was the 10th pick in the 2001 PBA Draft by the Beermen. He played for four seasons with SMB and won two titles (2001 All-Filipino Cup and 2005 Fiesta Conference) with the franchise.

The Samar native was best remembered for his aerial creativity during the 2001 Slam Dunk contest where he was hailed as the champion.

"Everyone knows him as a really tough and athletic player who won the slam dunk contest. I remember him because of his sense of humor, that's what he was known for. He always makes jokes and was fun to be with. He's full of energy on and off the court," Racela said.