UAAP: UST, your future has just arrived today

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 12, 2018 09:20 PM
UAAP: UST, your future has just arrived today
CJ Cansino leads UST's impressive batch of first-year players

University of Sto. Tomas super rookie CJ Cansino was unable to build on his impressive debut on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

After posting a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double last Saturday, Cansino only had seven points on 2-of-8 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds four days later.

Unlike the season-opener which they lost, however, the Growling Tigers pulled off a shocker on Far Eastern University this time around.

Cansino would take that W rather than an impressive individual showing. “Mas masarap, siyempre, itong manalo. Wala akong pakialam kung pangit man yung laro ko o maganda basta manalo,” he shared.

He then continued, “Kung talo nga tapos maganda yung laro ko, ako lang yung masaya, pero kung manalo, lahat kami masaya, buong UST masaya.”

The former UAAP Juniors MVP was not the only youngster who played big for UST in their first win.

Alongside Cansino, Germy Mahinay, Nat Cosejo, and Makoy Marcos also came through – all of them, rookies.

In the end, young forward Marcos had 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists while young bigs Mahinay and Cosejo merged for two points and 15 rebounds.

For Mahinay, he was just repaying all the trust coach Aldin has given him. “Masarap sa feeling kasi yun nga, pinagkakatiwalaan ako ni coach Aldin so pinakita ko na yung tiwala niya, ‘di ko sasayangin. Sinabi ko talaga sa sarili ko na ipapakita ko kung anong magagawa ko,” he said.

He then continued, “Kung anong maitutulong ko sa team, ginawa ko.”

Cosejo could only agree. “Ginawa ko lang yung dapat kong gawin tsaka binigay ko lang lahat ng makakaya ko,” he said.

That all started for them by heeding the call of coach Aldin. “Sinasabi ni coach na wag naming isipin na bata kami, na lumaban kami,” Cosejo said.

That is exactly why all of the Growling Tigers, no matter how young they are, just kept coming. As Marcos put it, “Ako, nag-compete tapos hustle lang. Yun lang.”

Despite the big win, however, young UST is only thinking bigger. “Siyempre, masarap sa feeling, pero siyempre, ‘di kami mag-stop dito. Magwo-work hard lang kami lalo,” Marcos said.

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