UAAP: Rookie CJ Cansino shines bright in UST's win over UP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) — It was another stellar performance for rookie sensation CJ Cansino as the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers stunned the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 86-72, on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The former juniors MVP duplicated his double-double performance against UE last Saturday, unloading16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

The España-based squad dominated the Fighting Maroons to lead by as much as 30 points despite missing the services of big man Steve Akomo who is in the hospital for a blood clot in his brain.

UST's hot shooting and strong inside presence enabled them to get an early jump over the Maroons, scoring 31 points in the first quarter alone versus UP's 29-point outing for the entire first half.

Aldin Ayo's signature 'mayhem' defense was in full display against the Maroons who held guards Jun Manzo to a career-low zero while Juan Gomez de Liano and Paul Desiderio contributed a season-low of 6 points apiece.

In the final frame, UP attempted a comeback with Diego Dario scoring five back-to-back points to cut their deficit to 14 but UST had cemented its victory to claim its first winning streak in UAAP Season 81.

In this game, UST also recorded a season-high 86 points, 32 points inside the paint, 20 fastbreak points and 56 starter points.

Bright Akhuetie was the lone bright spot for UP as he posted a double-double 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

Now with back-to-back wins, UST has matched UP's 3-4 win-loss record to end the first round of the eliminations.

The scores:

UST (86) - Cansino 16, Subido 13, Zamora 12, Lee 11, Huang 9, Caunan 8, Bonleon 7, Agustin 5, Mahinay 2, Bataller 2, Marcos 1, Cosejo 0.

UP (72) - Akhuetie 18, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 12, Dario 10, Gomez de Liaño Ju. 9, Desiderio 6, Murrell 6, Vito 3, Lim 2, Spencer 2, Tungcab 2, Gozum 2, Manzo 0, Jaboneta 0.

Quarterscores: 31-16, 53-29, 76-46, 86-72