Growling Tigers Super Rookie CJ Cansino hailed as UAAP POW for the second time around

By Sherlyn Paleg
MANILA - After dropping a triple-double that led UST to get the win on their last game against UE, super rookie Cj Cansino was honored once again as Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week.

The Rookie of the Year candidate made history after notching as the first rookie to bear out a triple-double since 2003, finishing 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

"I know that ever since kinuha ko si CJ, ang goal ko sa kanya is matulungan siya na mag materialize lahat ng potential nya" said Coach Aldin Ayo, who is surprised on his prized rookies' effort.

“CJ is full of potential, gusto lang namin mag-materialize iyon. I hope hindi siya makuntento, he continues improving. The good thing about CJ is that he always responds whenever sinasabihan namin,” he added.

However, Cansino just turned the credit to Ayo’s system.

“Masaya syempre dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double pero sinunod ko lang kasi ‘yung sistema na sharing the ball, na lahat kailangan gumana. Thankful ako sa sistema dahil nag-fit ito sa’kin,” said the former UAAP Juniors MVP, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday.

He also dedicated this milestone to his coaches and the UST community.

“Oo, inspired ‘di lang dahil birthday ko, dahil sa mga tao na grabe ‘yung mga sinasakripisyo sa team, lalo na ‘yung coaching staff. ‘Yung last game namin, ang pangit so para sa kanila talaga ‘to, to the community, and the coaches na sobra magsakripisyo sa team,” Cansino further said.

Cansino bested teammate Marvin Lee, Thirdy Ravena of the Ateneo De Manila University, Brandon Bates of De La Salle University, and Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University for the weekly plum given by print and online writers covering the beat.