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‘CJ is back and healthy’ says UST coach Aldin Ayo on CJ Cansino’s return

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CJ Cansino is back and ready to roar!

Only nine months removed from his ACL injury, the sophomore Cansino made his presence known for the Growling Tigers.

The 20-year-old forward filled up the stat sheets as usual in UST’s 90-72 victory against UE Warriors in the opening game of UAAP Season 82, as he put up nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

FUST head coach Aldin Ayo is not just happy that the UAAP 79 Juniors MVP recovered from his injury but he has also noticed his huge improvement on his on-court and leadership skills.

“He’s back and he’s healthy. Right now, he’s more skilled, one year older so matured na rin yung bata,” Ayo stated. “Sometimes, talagang inuuna niya ang team cause he’s the captain ball.”

Which is why it was a no brainer for Ayo to anoint Cansino as UST’s team captain, even though he was only cleared for physical contact last July.

“He has the respect of all the players and he came from a true blooded Thomasian,” Ayo explained.

For Cansino, he is just overjoyed to play the game the he loves although he still has long ways to go.

“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 explained.

Rest assured, Cansino will pour his heart out for the Thomasian comumunity.

“Lagi ko naman sinasabi sa sarili ko na every game, ibibigay ko lahat ng matutulong ko para mapanalo UST.”