UAAP 82: Can't leave Cansino open from 3 from now on

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2019 07:08 PM
UAAP 82: Can't leave Cansino open from 3 from now on
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For nine months or so, CJ Cansino was not cleared for contact.

Of course, that had to hurt for the 19-year-old who had just starred as a rookie for University of Sto. Tomas before an ACL injury ended his season earlier than expected.

Rather than staying down, though, he put up shots - put up a lot of shots at that - to improve on what is admittedly his biggest weakness. "Ayoko yung wala akong ginagawa habang nagte-therapy ako so kung ano yung pwede kong gawin, ginawa ko - extra shooting. Mga five to eight months siguro na puro shooting lang," he shared.

He then continued, "Sinabi rin kasi ni Coach Aldin [Ayo], mag-shooting ka muna so ayun, mga 500 a day tinitira ko nun."

And so, when he was finally cleared for contact, Cansino could not help but be more confident about his shot. "Siguro nga, mas naging confident ako dahil dun tapos part din na si coach Aldin, sinasabihan ako na wag mawawalan ng kumpyansa," he said.

Indeed, the 6-foot-2 swingman has been more of a marksman as a sophomore as, through 12 games, he has already hit 12-of-37 from downtown (32 percent).

For comparison, for all of last year, he totaled 14 triples in 38 tries (37 percent).

That newfound weapon has made its presence felt the most in UST's last two games that saw Cansino shoot 6-of-11 from downtown.

Of course, that hot shooting also just happened to coincide with his two best games of the season.

And with their team captain rounding back into form, the Growling Tigers have off back-to-back impressive wins against the University of the Philippines and then National University.

Make no mistake, however, Cansino has become a better shooter, but he remains an all-around player. "'Di na mawawala yun. Siguro, may konting takot pa sa mentality, pero kayang-kaya ko pa rin naman," he said.

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