CJ Cansino benefits from UST’s newfound system
UST Growling Tigers has been playing great team basketball lately, according to UST head coach Aldin Ayo.
Although everyone in the team benefits from the system, it is CJ Cansino who stands out among the rest.
In their first back-to-back victories this season, the super rookie from UST has averaged 16.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.
For Cansino, not only was he able to adapt to Ayo’s system during practices, but also his stellar performances translates into wins.
“Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi grabe kaming mag-practice talagang ‘go-hard’ kami, at ngayon na-adapt na naman siya sa game sobrang saya sa feeling,” Cansino said during their 86-72 victory against UP on Wednesday
“Masaya din ako [sa performance ko] kasi nacoconvert siya sa panalo, but hindi lang ako buong team din kapag panalo, as a team talaga.”
Entering the seniors division with lofty expectations, the Season 80 Juniors MVP delivered so far in the first round for UST, tallying 14. 3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
With that outing, Cansino is a sure front-runner for the Rookie of the Year plum.
However, Cansino has only one thing in mind aside from winning Rookie of the Year award – that is to win games and return to the Final Four for the first time since 2015
“Hindi ko kasi talaga tinitignan yung Rookie of the Year eh gusto ko talagang manalo,” Cansino stated.
“Siguro reward na lang yun sa paghihirap ko, pero yung goal ko talaga is makapasok kami sa Final Four for the [Thomasian] community,” he ended.