UAAP: No celebration after CJ Cansino does another Scottie Thompson impression

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 28, 2018 05:45 PM
No celebration after Cansino does another Scottie impression
CJ Cansino channeled his inner Scottie Thompson for the second game in a row

A week ago, University of Sto. Tomas super rookie CJ Cansino confessed to being a Ginebra fan.

As such, he wants nothing more than to do the things Scottie Thompson is doing – like turning rebounds into highlights.

Fast forward to Sunday and Cansino became the first rookie to tally a triple-double since 2003.

You know, the same sort of feat that Thompson is a threat to achieve each and every game?

Of course, the Gin Kings’ diehard is only glad to do his idol justice. “Masaya kasi si Scottie, ‘Mr. Triple-Double’ tapos nagawa ko rin,” he said post-game.

With 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, the tantalizing talent helped the Growling Tigers move inside the playoff picture.

And he did all that, just a day after turning 19-years-old. “Siyempre, ang saya ko kasi pangarap ko ‘to. Idol na idol ko rin si Russell Westbrook so yung mga triple-double, achievement talaga sa akin,” he said.

Yes, Scottie Thompson and Russell Westbrook are his idols – giving us a clearer picture of why he plays that way.

Even with the rare accomplishment, however, Cansino said he would not get carried away. As he put it, “Hindi ko ise-celebrate ito. On to the next na kasi may mga lapses din ako kanina so pag-aaralan ko yun. Walang celebration.”

To do just that, the swingman vowed to keep heeding the call of his coaches. “Sabi kasi ng coaches nung first round, ‘CJ, you need to have extra passes kasi scouted ka na. Na-scout na yung open court mo kaya pasa-pasa dapat,’” he said.

He then continued, “Dahil dun, nag-improve yung playmaking ko.”


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