UAAP: CJ Cansino rarely returns next season after losing to UP



MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines guard CJ Cansino rarely returns to the field after watching his team fall to Ateneo in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Basketball Finals.

Cansino is only five months into surgery but he has already made strides in his recovery.

“It has been 5 and a half months since I had surgery and my treatment so far has been smooth. I haven’t been able to play full basketball yet, just practice shooting. By February, I will be ready for the skills training but everything is fine,” Cansino said later UP’s 82-75 loss to Ateneo in Game 3 was decisive at the Araneta Coliseum on Monday.

Cansino underwent right knee surgery after tearing the ACL in May during the team’s final knockout game against Ateneo in Season 84.

Former UST Featured Player Missed Last Season’s Finals but returned when it mattered most in Game 3 of the Season 84 Finals, where the Maroons won the championship after JD Cagulangan’s triple hit.

Cansino averaged 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists before surgery. He provided 14 crucial points in game 3 of last season’s finals.

This is not the first time Cansino cutlery. He also tore his left ACL in 2018 during his rookie year with UST.

However, Cansino is confident he’ll be able to come back stronger than ever with plenty of time to get ready before Season 86 next year.

“In my first ACL injury, I only prepared for basketball for three weeks. Now the pre-season is longer, maybe six or eight months? I have more time to get ready,” he explains.

Cansino’s return will be a welcome one next year for UP, who will be without key players Henry Galinato and Zav Lucero, who also suffered ACL injuries in Game 2 last week.

“I hope I can give what I can to help this team, especially for next season.”

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