HE is out for the season and the team out of the running for the semifinals, but CJ Cansino made an effort to be there to support the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers for their season finale.
Facing a long layoff due to an ACL tear on his left knee, Cansino was at the sidelines cheering on the Growling Tigers as they battled league-leading Ateneo on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Nandito pa rin ako para suportahan yung UST sa last game namin para buo pa rin kami hanggang matapos yung season,” said Cansino.
“Para next year, hopefully, makabalik kami nang buo sa Final Four.”
Cansino broke into tears when he went down in their match against University of the Philippines as he braced for the worst.
The test results on Monday confirmed an ACL tear on Cansino, who faces at least seven months out.
“Una pa lang, hinanda ko na sarili ko na ACL talaga. Nag-prepare na talaga ako ano gagawin ko after operation. Monday na yung operation ko,” said Cansino.
Cansino said that he’ll be working double-time in order to be in his best physical shape when Season 82 kicks off in September of 2019.
He’ll get plenty of support from his school, including veteran point guard Renzo Subido who also went through an ACL injury in his early years with the Growling Tigers.
“Magtatrabaho ako ngayong offsesason para umabot ako sa opening ng Season 82. Promise ko yun na aabot talaga ako,” Cansino promised.
“Si kuya Renzo, knowing na na-ACL din siya, nagbigay siya ng payo kung paano ako makakabalik. Sabi niya, yung recovery raw, wag madaliin. Kailangan talagang trabahuin.”