GREATEST PERFORMANCES: CJ Cansino's triple-double as a rookie
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 18, 2020 03:39 PM
CJ Cansino did not waste time making an immediate impact for UST
No rookie has tallied a triple-double in the UAAP since 2003.
Enter CJ Cansino.
The 6-foot-2 do-it-all guard showed University of Sto. Tomas and all of the league just how special he is as he collected 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in their 79-68 romp over University of the East in the UAAP 81 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Oh, he did all that, in just the 10th game in his collegiate career.
That made Cansino the first - and thus far, only - rookie to tally a triple-double.
Just for good measure, he also had two steals to his name, putting on display just how much of an all-around force he is.
Together with fourth-year guard Marvin Lee, the then-18-year-old led the Growling Tigers in the 16-4 surge that erased a six-point deficit in the middle of the second and erected a 39-31 advantage late in the quarter.
They would never look back all the way to their fifth win of the season.
Even more impressive is the fact that according to Cansino, all he did was in the flow of the game plan of head coach Aldin Ayo. "Masaya, siyempre, dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double, pero sinunod ko lang naman yung sistema namin na sharing the ball. Thankful ako sa sistema dahil fit na fit sa akin," he said.
Indeed, what made coach Aldin all the more satisfied with his prized ward's effort was that the latter was playing exactly how the former wanted him to. "CJ is full of potential and gusto lang naming mag-materialize yun. The good thing about CJ is he always responds whenever sinasabihan namin," he said.
And so, Cansino tallied a triple-double, won a game, and got praise from his brilliant mentor - just in time for his birthday. "Siyempre, inspired 'di lang dahil birthday, pero dahil din sa mga taong grabe yung sinasakripisyo para sa team," he said then.
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