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Malick Diouf, CJ Cansino Stars as UP Drubs Adamson, 68-51 in #UAAPSeason86 Opener



CJ Cansino Returns for the UP Fighting Maroons Photo

CJ Cansino announced his return to the UAAP with a second-half eruption, leading the University of the Philippines to a 68-51 victory over Adamson University, who were without Jerom Lastimosa, on Sunday in the Season 86 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Cansino had missed the entirety of the previous season after undergoing surgery to repair his right ACL and MCL, but he did not appear to have missed a beat in his first game back, scoring 19 points with five three-pointers made.

“Sobrang saya and thank God na nakabalik ako sa paglalaro. Sobrang happy ko na sa pagbabalik ko nakatulong pa ako sa team. Isa lang panalangin ko, maging healthy ako buong season,” said Cansino, who had already undergone two major surgeries in his young career.

The fifth-year winger drained three three-pointers in the third quarter, which extended the Fighting Maroons’ lead to 48-35 heading into the final period. Reigning MVP Malick Diouf put up impressive numbers with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks for UP.

Harold Alarcon, who hit a buzzer-beater in the first quarter, finished with 10 points, while Francis Lopez grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with five points in his UAAP debut.

“Nung first quarter I though we were a little bit slow and very impatient defensively but good thing the team adjusted. Yung defense caught up din nung third,” said UP head coach Goldwin Monteverde, whose wards will face University of the East next on Wednesday.

The Scores:

UP (68) — Diouf 20, Cansino 19, Alarcon 10, Cagulangan 5, Lopez 5, Gonzales 3, Felicilda 2, Torculas 2, Alter 2, Torres 0, Pablo 0, Belmonte 0, Abadiano 0, Briones 0.

AdU (51) — Montebon 13, Hanapi 11, Sabandal 8, Manzano 8, Colonia 4, Magbuhos 3, Ojarikre 2, Barasi 2, Barcelona 0, Ramos 0, Erolon 0, Calisay 0, Yerro 0, Anabo 0, Canete 0.

Quarterscores: 16-11, 31-25, 48-35, 68-51

Article and photo by UAAP Season 86 Media Team
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