UAAP 82: Yes, CJ Cansino is back and doing it all for UST

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2019 05:39 PM
UAAP 82: Yes, CJ Cansino is back and doing it all for UST
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CJ Cansino is back - and it looks like he never left.

The second-year swingman yet again did it all for University of Sto. Tomas in their opener in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament with nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

This, nine months removed from an ACL tear in his left knee.

Of course, Cansino is nothing but glad to be back on the floor once more in the UAAP.

"Masarap sa pakiramdam na nakabalik na ako ulit sa paglaro ng basketball dito, pero may instance pa rin kanina na naninibago ako kasi feeling ko, kulang yung one month preparation ko," he said post-game.

The 19-year-old was cleared for contact last July and played his first officially sanctioned game just two weeks ago.

In this one, though, it looked like he didn't miss a beat, stuffing the stat sheet just like he did in his super rookie season wherein he posted per game counts of 12.8 points in 44 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

For Cansino, he was just doing his job for the Growling Tigers and their faithful. As he put it, "Lagi ko naman sinasabi sa sarili ko na every game, ibibigay ko lahat ng matutulong ko para mapanalo UST."

In the eyes of head coach Aldin Ayo, though, his 6-foot-2 tantalizing talent is not just back, he is also better than ever. "He's back and he's healthy. Right now, he's more skilled, more matured and makikita mong inuuna niya ang team cause he's the captain ball," he said.

Yes, the young Tiger is now the black and gold's leader on and off the court.

And so far, so good for him in his new role. "Para sa akin, malalaman mo lang na na-lead mo nang maayos yung team kapag nanalo so ngayon, tingin ko naman, nagawa namin lahat yung role namin para maipanalo yung game," he said.


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