UAAP 82: UST captain Cansino has experienced highs and lows of life vs UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 14, 2019 02:12 PM
Cansino has experienced highs and lows of life vs UP
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

CJ Cansino's dream has turned into reality.

By completing a season sweep of the University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas is now headed into the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Finals where it will challenge Ateneo de Manila University.

All of this was Cansino's hope ever since he started suiting up for the black and gold four years ago.

"Sobrang saya kasi high school pa lang, pinapangarap ko nang ipasok yung UST sa Finals," the former Jrs. MVP and King Tiger Cub said. "Ngayon, natupad na."

And to think that it was this time a year ago when the 6-foot-2 swingman's promising career got derailed due to an ACL injury.

"Unang-una, nagpapasalamat ako kay God na kahit na-injure ako nun, nakapaglaro pa rin ako ulit," he said. "Pasalamat kay Coach Aldin [Ayo] din kasi binigyan niya ako ng chance makapaglaro sa UST kahit konti lang preparation ko."

Ironically, Cansino suffered the knee injury also against the Fighting Maroons last season.

And even more ironic? He and UST battled UP during the one-year anniversary of his ACL tear at Araneta Coliseum - the same venue where he sustained the injury. "Same kalaban, same venue," he said with a laugh.

All of that is exactly why the now 20-year old is nothing but grateful for this season - and this unexpected Finals run by the Growling Tigers. "'Di rin namin in-expect mag-Finals. Naglalaro lang kami at binibigay yung best namin," he said.

He then continued, "Yung puso ng bawat isa, yung puso ni Coach Aldin [Ayo], siguro yun yung nagdala sa amin sa Finals."

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