UAAP: 1 trainer, 2 triple-double talents in Juan GDL and CJ Cansino

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 31, 2018 06:00 PM
UAAP: 1 trainer, 2 triple-double talents in GDL and Cansino
What to UP's Juan Gomez de Liano and UST's CJ Cansino have in common?

Last October 21, Juan Gomez de Liano of the University of the Philippines became the first player in 12 years to tally a triple-double

Just a week later, University of Sto. Tomas super rookie CJ Cansino got a triple-double of his own.

Juan GDL was the least bit surprised that Cansino was able to replicate his feat. “My teammates were saying nga, ‘Juan wala ka na, There’s another guy who got a triple-double, rookie pa.’ I said, ‘Sino, sino?’ ‘CJ Cansino,’ they said,” he shared.

He then continued, “I wasn’t even shocked. I think it was a normal game for him.”

Well, as they say, it takes one to know one as, after getting 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, only Juan GDL knows – in the UAAP, at least – how Cansino feels after going 20 markers, 13 rebounds, 10 assists.

Aside from the fact that they both got triple-doubles and they both did so at the expense of University of the East, however, something else is bonding the Fighting Maroon and the Growling Tiger.

As it turns out, Juan GDL and Cansino have both been undergoing training sessions in coach Patrick Tancioco’s Better Basketball PH for quite some time now.

According to Better Basketball PH’s Facebook page, it is a “skills training academy that aims to motivate and help players achieve their goals and dreams.”

Other student-athletes partaking in its training sessions are UP’s Diego Dario, Javi GDL, and Will Gozum as well as Far Eastern University-commit RJ Abarrientos.

There, Cansino formed a bond with Juan GDL all while pushing each another to be better. “Parehas kaming Better Basketball kaya naging close din kami ni Juan. Doon, tinuturuan talaga kami ng magagaling na coaches,” he said.

And there, Juan GDL already knew that his training-mate could challenge his penchant for triple-doubles. “We have the same trainer and we do workouts together so we get along. (CJ’s) a good guy and for a freshie to do what he did, he’s a talented young kid,” he said.

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