Yankie Haruna allays injury fears after hard fall during NCAA dunk contest
Yankie Haruna celebrated after Eugene Toba missed his final attempt. Dante Peralta

FROM nearly hurting himself in executing a throwdown to being a Slam Dunk champion.

That was how College of Saint Benilde’s Yankie Haruna’s day went on Friday during the NCAA All-Star event.

The 22-year-old Haruna captured the Slam Dunk contest crown highlighted by a leap over ONE Championship titlist Brandon Vera in the final round to overcome Eugene Toba of San Beda.

Haruna’s win came after he nearly got hurt during the eliminations. Trying to leap over three of his CSB teammates, Haruna got clipped and took a hard fall to the floor. Fortunately for the Fil-American, he got up and escaped being seriously injured and was even able to execute a windmill slam for his replacement dunk.

“I was good,” said Haruna about the near ordeal. “I had control of my body. I didn’t hurt myself. I was 100 percent.”

Still, the CSB cager, who took the crown after Toba fortunately missed his final attempt, admitted that he wasn’t able to get enough practice en route to the Slam Dunk contest.

“It’s something that I didn’t practice. I just have to come up with something that I do regularly,” Haruna said.

As for the winning dunk over Vera, Haruna was thankful to the ONE champion who was open to the idea they talked about it before the contest.

“I told him earlier when I was warming up if he was willing to do it. [Glad] we were able to execute it,” Haruna said.

 

YANKIE Haruna nearly hurt himself in the eliminations, but that didn’t stop him from pushing even harder.

The hard work paid off and the College of St. Benilde player went on to claim the Slam Dunk title in the NCAA All-Star event.

The 22-year-old Haruna had a solid performance highlighted by a leap over ONE Championship heavyweight titleholder Brandon Vera in the final round to overcome Eugene Toba of San Beda.

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He went on despite nearly getting hurt trying to leap over three of his CSB teammates, taking a hard fall.

Fortunately for the Fil-American, he escaped serious injuries and was even able to execute a windmill slam for his replacement dunk.

“I was good,” said Haruna about the near ordeal. “I had control of my body. I didn’t hurt myself. I was 100 percent.”

“It’s something that I didn’t practice. I just have to come up with something that I do regularly,” Haruna said.

Haruna is also thankful to Vera, for helping out, revealing that they talked about it only before the contest.

“I told him earlier when I was warming up if he was willing to do it. [Glad] we were able to execute it,” Haruna said.

 

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