Bulawan overcomes injury to soar to Slam Dunk title

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 21, 2015 04:48 PM
Bulawan overcomes injury to soar to Slam Dunk title
GRAND SLAM. Jebb Bulawan took home the 2015 Slam Dunk crown.

Jebb Bulawan’s left hamstring was tight and hurting at the worst of times and places with him taking part in the 2015 NCAA All-Star.

However, the Lyceum of the Philippines University forward did not look hobbled at all as he skied higher than the hyper-athletic Yankie Haruna to be crowned as the new Slam Dunk king on Friday at the San Juan Arena.

The Pirate and the College of St. Benilde Team B player were the most consistent dunkers in the first three rounds. While Haruna jumped off the court and made people jump out of their seats for a preliminary score of 79, Bulawan kept it simple and effective for a total of 71.

Come the Finals, Bulawan pulled out all the stops and jumped over a sitting teammate Joseph Gabayni. Despite a scary landing, the Lyceum leaper still managed a score of 29.

Not to be outdone, the high-flying Blazer dunked over a standing 6’6” teammate JR Ongteco and also garnered a 29.

Sensing a challenge, Bulawan brought out Gabayni and Shaq Alanes to stand beneath the ring. The Lyceum leaper jumped over both teammates for a perfect score of 30.

Haruna was finally unable to keep up with his opponent as his ambitious attempt of taking a pass from Travis Jonson and then sending it between his legs could not be converted.

Talking about his scary landing, Bulawan told reporters, “Naisip ko, okay lang, na-shoot at nanalo naman.”

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