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    Haruna and co. brave rains, flood to lead Benilde to first win

    Jul 20, 2018
    It rained outside, but also inside in San Juan where it was pouring of Yankie Haruna and the rest of the Blazers' offense.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    IT WAS not exactly the way College of St. Benilde wanted to start the day, but at least the Blazers got the ending that they wanted.

    The Blazers went on an amazing 17-0 tear in the endgame as they got their first win in the NCAA Season 94 with a 90-79 result over the Mapua Cardinals on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

    Considering the lengths that they had to go through just to make it to the venue after heavy rain and flood paralyzed the entirety of Taft, there’s certainly isn’t a better way to end the day.

    “About 9:30 a.m., I got some calls about these guys not being able to get out of the dorm. I think it was pouring in Taft. You know, the flood over there, they just couldn’t get out,” said TY Tang.

    “That’s how they started, with the team building for them.”

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    Yankie Haruna was part of the men stranded in the Taft and recalled how they had to ditch the coaster just to make it to the venue.

    He hardly showed effects of that early morning hassle though, as he finished with 19 points in the win.

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    “We were like seven in the dorm. Every time it rains, it gets flooded easy. It is knee level, we couldn’t get out. I told them to come pick us up, but there was nothing they could do so we had to take a pedicab,” Haruna recalled.

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    “From there, we went to school and the coaster was there. All the areas were good, it’s good, it’s good except our area so that was it. That’s how we started our day,” he added. “You know how it is in the Philippines. When it rains, everything gets slower. All we had to do is focus on the game and don’t worry about nothing else.”

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    But all that is forgotten now as the Blazers finally barged into the win column especially with the way they displayed their guns in the fourth quarter.

    At the end of the day, that’s all that matters for Tang.

    “How we ended up? Well, a win is a win for me.”

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    It rained outside, but also inside in San Juan where it was pouring of Yankie Haruna and the rest of the Blazers' offense.
    PHOTO: marlo cueto
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