MANILA, Philippines – For the second time in UAAP Season 81, University of Santo Tomas (UST) rookie CJ Cansino has earned Player of the Week honors.
This, after the freshman came through with a historic performance in the Growling Tigers' 79-68 romp over University of the East (UE) last Sunday.
The Rookie of the Year candidate emerged as the first freshman to chalk up a triple-double since 2003, finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.
This exceptional feat was more than enough to earn him his second Chooks-to-Go/Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award.
"I know that ever since na kinuha ko si CJ, ang goal ko sa kanya is matulungan siya na mag-materialize lahat ng potential niya," UST head coach Aldin Ayo said of his rookie.
"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.
For his part, Cansino credited Ayo's system for his feat.
"Masaya siyempre 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 Cansino.
The former UAAP Juniors MVP, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday, dedicated the milestone to his coaches and the UST community.
"Inspired ako 'di lang dahil birthday ko," he said. "Dahil din 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 edged teammate Marvin Lee, who dropped a career-best 30 points against UE, along with Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University, Brandon Bates of De La Salle University, and Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University for the weekly award.
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