UAAP: Dave Ildefonso makes sure to keep pace with fellow super rookie CJ Cansino

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2018 01:36 PM
UAAP: Dave I. makes sure to keep pace with CJ Cansino
NU's Dave Ildefonso likes that he is being kept on his toes by fellow super rookie CJ Cansino of UST

In just his first game in the UAAP Seniors, Dave Ildefonso made an immediate impact with 19 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

That was more than enough to give National University its first – and, thus far, only – win in the season as well as to outduel fellow super rookie CJ Cansino who posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Fast forward to near the end of the first round and Cansino turned in his best game in the collegiate ranks with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists in a University of Sto. Tomas win.

Not to be outdone, Ildefonso stuffed the stat sheet with a career-best 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists all while leading the Bulldog rally that just fell short.

Safe to say, those two are the frontrunners for this season’s Rookie of the Year.

And safe to say, neither of them are letting up from here on out.

That is just exactly how Ildefonso wants it to be, though – for a close competitor to bring out the best in him. “As a player, kailangan mo makita yung competition mo kasi nakakatulong din yung competition. I love competition,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “Minsan, tinitignan ko yung stats, yung stats ni CJ, kailangan ko lampasan. At the end of the day, CJ is a great player and I hope I’m a great player.”

Make no mistake, however, of thinking that there already is a fierce rivalry between the two.

In fact, NU’s super rookie has nothing but good words for his counterpart over at UST. “Siyempre, si CJ, magaling na player. ‘Di ko alam kung paano siya nakakakuha ng 17-17. Kahit sa Juniors pa nga lang, nakaka-25-15, nagugulat na lang ako,” he said.

Still, in the grand scheme of things, all Ildefonso wants to do is to help bring back the Bulldogs to contention. “My goal right now is to help the team (make), hopefully, Final Four. Bonus na lang yung Rookie of the Year,” he shared.

He then continued, “Hopefully, I can get it, but if not, CJ deserves it.”


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