NCAA: CSB had to cross the Taft Ave. river for its first win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 20, 2018 04:41 PM
NCAA: CSB had to cross the Taft Ave. river for its first win
CSB had to go through a lot today for its first win in the season

College of St. Benilde is on the board in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Leading the way was Yankie Haruna who turned in his best game in recent memory.

Post-game, however, he was not going to look like a winner. “Now, you’re gonna see me walking out with the white (uniform) later on and then a sweater,” he told reporters after the Blazers downed Mapua University on Friday.

The versatile forward did not have any change of clothes because he had already used that during their eventful travel to the Filoil Flying V Centre.

As it turns out, Haruna and six other teammates were nearly stranded in their dorm as heavy rains caused the usual flooding in Taft Avenue. “(Earlier in the morning), I got some calls that these guys were not able to get out of the dorm. I think it was pouring in Taft and you know the flood over there so they couldn’t get out,” head coach TY Tang shared.

Indeed, the CSB players were caught in the middle of the downpour just as they were supposed to leave for their game. “We have a coaster and they said they couldn’t pick us up because the flood was knee-level. There was nothing they could do so we had to take a pedicab,” Haruna shared.

It got so bad that he had to admit that there was a part of them that feared they were going to miss the game. “You know how it is in the Philippines. When it rains, everything gets slower,” he shared.

Still, the Blazers braved the downpour and the flood by taking a pedicab from their dorm to one of their school buildings around 10 minutes away.

There, the coasted was waiting to take them to San Juan. “All we had to do is to focus on the game and don’t worry about nothing else. Luckily, we made it here,” Haruna said.

In the end, all was worth it as CSB is on the board and Haruna turned in his best game in recent memory.

In the end, it didn’t matter if they had no change of clothes.

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