Sako rises above all to scoop dunk contest honours


B. Braun Sheffield Sharks guard Hensy Sako won the 2023 BBL Dunk Contest at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon.

Sako overcame Plymouth City Patriots forward James Hawthorne Jr. 47-38 in the final round to win the trophy in front of a vocal sell-out crowd that roared on all contestants.

“I had a gameplan, and for me the most important thing for me was to get to the final,” Sako said.

“In the final I knew my opponent would get tired so I thought I could do two hard dunks in the first round and in the final maybe do something a bit easier.

“Doing what I do and putting on a show in front of this atmosphere though was amazing and it was a honour to be here in front of this crowd.”

His Sheffield Sharks team-mate Marcus Delpeche and Cheshire Phoenix Maceo jack entertained and wowed the fans with their high-flying antics, but came up short in the first round.

Amongst Sako’s highlights was a one-handed slam over three fans in attendance that got the only perfect score of the contest.

And needing just 12 to win, Sako won it with a high-flying two-hand dunk.

Catch all the action from today’s Cup Finals here.