CSB has a winner at last in Slam Dunk champ Haruna
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 12, 2016 05:31 PM
MUCH-WELCOME. Yankie Haruna will be bringing home to CSB a much-needed win.
In his first dunk for the championship round of the NCAA 92 Men’s Basketball Tournament All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, Yankie Haruna fell hard and then failed to register a score.
Still, the College of St. Benilde Blazer got up and got back on the floor for his second dunk.
Leaping over Brandon Vera before throwing it down with both hands, Haruna took the Slam Dunk crown for himself on Friday at the San Juan Arena.
The CSB high-flyer’s dunk over “The Truth” netted him 49 points which then upped his total to 79. This was three points better than runner-up Eugene Toba of San Beda College.
Haruna needed all the help he can get after his first dunk nearly ended in disaster when he landed face-first in trying to dunk over three teammates. He wound up with the default score of 30 and saw Toba sky high for a slam that got a score of 46.
The six-foot-nine Red Lion did not play safe in his second attempt and attempted to soar above a sitting Bright Akhuetie while also receiving a lob pass from Davon Potts. He was unable to convert, however, and himself received the default score of 30.
Toba’s failed second dunk cemented the much-needed win for the Blazer. “It feels good. We finally have something that we can share with the school,” he expressed to reporters.
The Slam Dunk crown is a welcome development for CSB who have gone winless through the first round.
Other competitors include Jose Rizal University’s Kim Aurin, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Renato Ular, Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Jaycee Marcelino, University of Perpetual Help’s Rommel Mangalino, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Allyn Bulanadi.
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