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Coach Aldin Ayo has nothing but praise for the returning CJ Cansino

by Reynald Magallon, September 04, 2019 3:58pm

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo had nothing but praises for his returning guard CJ Cansino.

Cansino, a highly touted freshman last year before going down with an ACL injury, was impressive in his return, helping UST dictate the tempo for the Tigers right from the get go en route to a 95-82 opening victory for the Espana based squad.

The sophomore guard put up a decent performance finishing with nine points, eight boards in five assists in just 12 minutes of play but Ayo heaved praises for the 6'1" cager saying that he became mature and more skilled in his return to the hard court.

"He's back and he's healthy and right now I think he is more skilled and he's one year older so I think mas matured na rin yung bata," said Ayo.

That maturity will be tested this season as Cansino takes a much bigger role for UST as the team's captain ball. However, Ayo was confident that his prolific guard can live up to the expectation once he get used to the role.

"Some times talaga inuuna niya yung team because he's the captain ball and ito kasi yung danger ng if you put one of your best players as the captain ball, sometime, they tend to overthink too much regarding the welfare of the team instead if nung sa kanya," Ayo told reporters in his post-game presser.

"I hope he adjusts, in time, lalaro niya, but right now he's more skilled and more matured," he added.

The Tigers' head tactician also explained the decision to put up the 21-year old cager as the lead for the UST.

"He has the respect of all the players and he came from tiger cubs true blooded Thomasian and yung ugali ni CJ," he said.

"Kung titingnan mo yung family background ni CJ I talk to his mother sometimes namimeet ko rin yung parents, everything starts at home eh sa bahay, eh si CJ kumpleto magaling makasama, wala kalokohan na kung anu-ano student-athlete, what else can you ask, kung may dapat gayahin yung mga players sa amin I think it's CJ and you have the admire the humility of that guy talagang grounded."


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