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Player of the Week CJ Cansino regains deadly form


Slowly but surely, CJ Cansino is starting to regain his deadly form that made him one of the rising stars in UAAP last season.

An unfortunate ACL injury from last year still haunts the do-it-all swingman, which is quite evident in his Season 82 averages of
4.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game.

“Sobra akong na-frustrate nun kasi akala ko nagawa ko na lahat, akala ko kumpleto na ako,” Cansino shared.

“Sabi ko nga before the season, 100 percent na ako, pero nung lumabas sa laro, hindi pa pala.”

Still, the UST skipper was more than determined to get through that personal hump, and when he did, it only came at a perfect timing.

The Growling Tigers just scored back-to-back important victories which boosted their Final Four hopes, and the sophomore standout was a vital cog in those games, posting an average of 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals.

“Naging learning process sa akin yun na wag mag-stop kahit feeling mong kumportable ka na. Make yourself feel uncomfortable every time para mag-work hard ka palagi.”

This comeback game for Cansino allowed him to win the UAAP Collegiate Press Corps Co-Players of the Week together with Adamson Lady Falcons Mar Prado.

On the other hand, Prado led Adamson with 40 points, eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block against UP.

Prado became the third female cager to be recognized by the press, next to NU’s Ria Nabalan and UP’s Pat Pesquera.

Both Cansino and Prado were chosen over L-Jay Gonzales of FEU, Jun Manzo of UP, and Isaac Go of Ateneo.