UAAP: CJ Cansino plays through fever to shine as bright spot in UST loss

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2018 05:41 PM
UAAP: CJ Cansino plays through fever to shine in UST loss
Not even fever could slow down the quick rise of UST super rookie CJ Cansino

For the third game in a row, CJ Cansino gave the University of Sto. Tomas faithful reason to hope.

Scoring 18 points on top of five rebounds and two assists, it was the super rookie who fronted the Growling Tigers’ upset bid of league-leading Adamson University on Saturday.

It wasn’t meant to be, however, as the Soaring Falcons showed their might in the second half for a 79-71 win.

Of course, true to form, Cansino said he would have taken a win rather than a standout performance. “Wala rin yung score ko kasi talo naman. ‘Di kami masaya so kailangan bumawi kami next game,” he said.

That doesn’t change the fact, though, that the 18-year-old had yet another eye-opening performance – at one point, even going toe-to-toe with Adamson’s third-year star Jerrick Ahanmisi.

While the duel proved entertaining for everybody else, Cansino said he could have put a stop to all of it if only he played better defense. “Malungkot ako kasi nagpapalitan lang kami ng score. Kailangan namin siyang i-stop kasi more on defense kami so dapat, kung may score ako, kailangan ma-stop siya,” he said.

Perhaps it would have helped if he was at 100 percent. “Pre-game pa lang, sobrang sakit ng ulo ko tapos medyo nilalagnat ako kaya pipikit-pikit, naduduling-duling ako kanina,” he shared.

Yes, UST’s prized prospect kept impressing even though he played through fever.

Next time, though, he would want nothing other than a win. “Para sa akin, masaya ako, pero mas masaya talaga pag mananalo,” he said.

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