Player of the Week CJ Cansino of UST is a history-making rookie
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 29, 2018 03:14 PM
CJ Cansino already has two Player of the Week plums in just his rookie season
Rookie sensation CJ Cansino of Universtiy of Sto. Tomas is continuing to take the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament by storm.
In the Growling Tigers’ 79-68 romp over University of the East that saw them eclipse their accumulated record in the past two seasons and grab solo fourth in the standings, Cansino came through with a historic performance.
The Rookie of the Year candidate emerged as the first freshman to chalk up a triple-double since 2003, finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.
This exceptional feat was more than enough to earn him his second Chooks-to-Go/Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award.
First-year UST head coach Aldin Ayo was the least surprised with his prized rookie’s effort.
“I know that ever since na kinuha ko si CJ, ang goal ko sa kanya is matulungan siya na mag-materialize lahat ng potential niya,” said Ayo.
“CJ is full of potential, gusto lang namin mag-materialize iyon. I hope hindi siya makuntento, he continues improving. The good thing about CJ is that he always responds whenever sinasabihan namin,” he added.
For his part, Cansino just deflected credit to Ayo’s system.
“Masaya syempre dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double pero sinunod ko lang kasi ‘yung sistema na sharing the ball, na lahat kailangan gumana. Thankful ako sa sistema dahil nag-fit ito sa’kin,” said Cansino.
The former UAAP Juniors MVP, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday, dedicated the milestone to his coaches and the UST community.
“Oo, inspired ‘di lang dahil birthday ko, dahil (din) sa mga tao na grabe ‘yung mga sinasakripisyo sa team, lalo na ‘yung coaching staff. ‘Yung last game namin, ang pangit so para sa kanila talaga ‘to, to the community, and the coaches na sobra magsakripisyo sa team.”
Cansino bested teammate Marvin Lee, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo De Manila University, Brandon Bates of De La Salle University, and Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University for the weekly plum given by print and online writers covering the beat.