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HIGH SCHOOL MIXTAPE: UST’s CJ Cansino

CJ CANSINO Guard/Forward for the UST Tiger Cubs 6-foot 2-inches 19-years-old Grade 12 GET TO KNOW MORE EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 80 Jrs. players to watch Good news for UST? Tiger Cub star CJ Cansino wants to stay< /a>.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 8th, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MIXTAPE: UST’s CJ Cansino

CJ CANSINO Guard/Forward for the UST Tiger Cubs 6-foot 2-inches 19-years-old Grade 12 GET TO KNOW MORE EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 80 Jrs. players to watch Good news for UST? Tiger Cub star CJ Cansino wants to stay< /a>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 81 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And we can’t wait for the second round to get started just so we could get even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: KAI SOTTO – Ateneo de Manila High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 25.3 points, 62.1 shooting, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.7 assists For the first time in his three years in Ateneo, Kai Sotto is, bar none, the most dominant force in the UAAP. In his first year, he took a backseat to Juan Gomez de Liano and SJ Belangel then as a sophomore, he was overtaken by CJ Cansino. Now, however, there is no doubt that the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old is the best player in the league – tops in scoring, rebounding, and blocking. And for good measure, just as he is a sure shot inside the paint, he also has the soft touch to make jumpers. Don’t send him to the line either as he makes good on 70.8 percent of his shots from there. Yes, Sotto is an end-to-end force that nobody could match not only in the UAAP, but in all of high school. RJ ABARRIENTOS – Far Eastern University-Diliman ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.4 points, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds RJ Abarrientos had already committed to FEU’s Seniors squad, but later backtracked to use up his last year of eligibility in the UAAP Juniors. Safe to say, FEU-Diliman only welcomed him back with open arms and then proceeded to provide him the stage to shine the brightest he has ever been. A complementary player to the likes of Kenji Roman and L-Jay Gonzales before him, the nephew of Philippine basketball legend Johnny now runs the show for the Baby Tamaraws to the tune of a scoring clip and an assist total both third-best in the league. And even as he is now the primary playmaker for the green and gold, Abarrientos remains a dead shot as the league’s top marksman from three. All in all, the 5-foot-11 stocky guard is the most college-ready player in high school (of course, we’re not counting Kai Sotto who’s not only looks like he's college-ready, but pro-ready as well). CARL TAMAYO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 54.3 percent shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocks Due to various injuries, Carl Tamayo has only seen action in four out of seven games NU has played thus far in the tournament. Each and every time he’s on the court, however, the 6-foot-7 only delivers the goods on offense as a paint presence as well as a threat from the perimeter. At the other end, Tamayo also stands strong inside and outside and is actually third-best in terms of blocks. The Cebuano has all the tools to go toe-to-toe with Kai Sotto, but will need to work on his strength and conditioning so that he may leave the injury bug that has been biting him far behind. MARK NONOY – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals UST looked like it had hit the jackpot in unearthing CJ Cansino and then unveiling him as a dominant force in Season 80. Only, the Tiger Cubs look like they have hit the jackpot again in discovering Mark Nonoy out of Negros Occidental and then developing him into their new all-around shining star in Season 81. In just his first game in the UAAP Juniors, Nonoy dropped 31 points. Just two games later, he tallied a triple-double of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists. Now, he is second-best in points and assists and third-best in steals in all of the league. More importantly, with their 5-foot-8 playmaker fronting the effort, UST has stayed in the conversation of playoff hopefuls in the ongoing season. GERRY ABADIANO – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists Nothing about Gerry Abadiano’s game will jump out at anybody. In fact, nobody will be able to find him in the top five of any statistical category. In the same light, however, he also does not have any weaknesses that will jump out at anybody. The 5-foot-9 lead guard just does whatever his team needs from him and he does it well. That is exactly why he has become to be heart and soul of a Bullpup side with championship aspirations. More than that, Abadiano’s biggest contribution will not be seen in any stat sheet as he has turned out to be the leader that the blue and gold deserves. JOEM SABANDAL – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals Joem Sabandal can make difficult shots with the best of them – whether that be willing a layup through defenders or willing a jumper in the face of a contest. That ability has thrust him into the role of being the main man for upstart Adamson and into the recognition as the fifth-best scorer in the UAAP Juniors. Make no mistake, however, the 5-foot-11 guard is not a score-first, second, and third player as he also contributes in the rebounds, assists, and steals departments for the Baby Falcons. Just like any young player, shot selection is a point for improvement for Sabandal, but the fact of the matter is, he’s already well on his way into being a dynamic scorer. TERRENCE FORTEA – Nazareth School of National University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists Looks like all Terrences have a scorer’s mentality as NU’s Fortea wants to get buckets just as much as San Miguel’s Romeo. The good news for the Bullpups is that Terrence Romeo is just one of the hopeful trajectories 18-year-old Terrence Fortea’s career can take. Like Romeo, Fortea is a sniper from deep (second-most triple total with 20) and an even better shot from the line (best free throw clip at 82.6 percent). He also has that handy floater that can frustrate defenses that close out on him. Best of all, though, the 5-foot-10 Batang Gilas stalwart is still learning the ropes on being more of a facilitator. And when he masters that, he may very well exceed his namesake. AP MANLAPAZ – Adamson High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals While Joem Sabandal is Adamson’s go-to-guy, it’s actually little-known teammate AP Manlapaz who is in the top five of the MVP race. And with a closer look, there’s every reason for him to be there as he, put simply, stuffs the stat sheet for the Baby Falcons – averaging a points-rebounds double-double to go along with marks from assists, blocks, and steals. Safe to say, long-limbed forward Manlapaz has been anonymous before the season, but without a doubt, will only keep making noise on both ends. BISMARCK LINA – University of Sto. Tomas ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist Bismarck Lina is one of only three players to be averaging a double-double in the UAAP Juniors. As their man in the middle, the cousin of school legend Kevin Ferrer sees to it that UST does not get bullied in the interior as whether it be offense or defense, he is a threat at the rim. Most of all, the 6-foot-6 Lina, the second-best rebounder in the league, is always at the right place, at the right time to complete defensive stops or to clean up a teammates’ miss with a rebound. JORDI GOMEZ DE LIAÑO – University of the Philippines Integrated School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist Jordi is the best-shooting Gomez de Liano – or so he says. Of course, numbers do back him up as at just 15-years-old, he already has the third-best triple total in all of the UAAP Juniors. At the same time, however, the younger brother of Javi and Juan has a long ways to go as while he already stands at 6-foot-5, he is also reed thin and can get muscled through by anybody and everybody. More than that, his team is winless in the season. Nonetheless, it’s good to know that both the shooting and the confidence, both GDL trademarks, are already there – and it’s just a matter of time before Jordi grows into his body. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

UAAP: From MVP to Rookie of the Year? CJ Cansino s making a great case

Safe to say, CJ Cansino has taken the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament by storm. With per game counts of 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, he has got to be one of the frontrunners for Rookie of the Year. University of Sto. Tomas’ super rookie only built on those on Saturday with a big-time 17-point, 17-rebound double-double on top of four assists. In fact, he already had a double-double late in the second quarter with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Of course, Cansino is only giving his best to prove his worth. “Siyempre, pinapatunayan ko sa lahat na belong din ako rito,” he said. He then continued, “Pinaghirapan ko ‘to, I worked hard on this simula bata ako. Kaya ginagawa ko lang yung best ko and every game, naka-focus talaga ako.” While his numbers are eye-openers for just about everybody watching the UAAP Seniors, the long-limbed swingman has actually been putting up those sort of statistics ever since his days in the UAAP Juniors. In his last season there, he averaged 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Those were more than enough to make him the runaway MVP – a runaway MVP that had an 18-point lead in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) over his closest competitor in Kai Sotto. Yes, Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old of Ateneo de Manila High School. That doesn’t mean, however, that slowly but surely, UST is becoming the Cansino’s team. Rather, according to the super rookie himself, they want nothing more than total team effort each and every game. As he put it, “Si coach [Aldin Ayo], wala siyang main man na parang, ito, CJ Cansino, ikaw lang tututukan ko. ‘Di siya ganun.” He then continued, “Lahat kami, equal opportunity. Kung sinong maglaro nang mayos this game, siya talaga maglalaro.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Rookie CJ Cansino’s heart has always belonged to UST

      MANILA, Philippines – Whether or not Aldin Ayo decided to pack his bags and move from La Salle to University of Santo Tomas, the Growling Tigers would have still had the good news of knowing that the basketball program’s prized high school standout, CJ Cansino, would commit to the seniors' ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Only six players return after UST’s worst finish in F4 era

Without a doubt, University of Sto. Tomas will be different under new head coach Aldin Ayo. Not only has the multi-league champion coach installed his patented “Mayhem,” he has also completely changed the makeup of the Growling Tigers. In fact, only six players will be back in action from last year’s team – reinforcement Steve Akomo, Henric Caunan, Zachy Huang, Leon Lorenzana, Vaughn Soriano, and team captain Marvin Lee. Last year’s squad slogged through a 1-13 season – the school’s worst showing in the Final Four era. That means that no longer in Espana – or on the roster, at the very least – are Justin Arana, Reggie Boy Basibas, Oliver de Guzman, Carlo Escalambre, Christian Garcia, Ben Kwawukumey, Joco Macasaet, MR Romero, and Jordan Sta. Ana. According to Ayo, those players have left on their own volition and have decided to try their luck elsewhere. In their places, the NCAA and UAAP champion coach has recruited blue-chip high school prospects CJ Cansino and Mike Enriquez who were both MVPs as well as solid pieces in Toby Agustin, Sherwin Concepcion, Makoy Marcos, and Kenneth Zamora. More importantly, all set to come back and make use of their last playing year are spitfire guard Renzo Subido and scoring forward Embons Bonleon. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

High school prospects keep coming to Aldin Ayo’s UST

University of Sto. Tomas is not yet done stocking up on equipment for its grand rebuild. The Growling Tigers have also welcomed into their fold a former Mythical selection from Mapua University in Sherwin Concepcion, a workhorse from La Salle Greenhills in Joshua Marcos, and a couple of solid guards from Jose Rizal University in Kobe Caballero and Toby Agustin. This, just a few weeks after securing the services of 2018 UAAP Juniors MVP CJ Cansino and 2015 NCAA Juniors MVP Mike Enriquez. All of those new faces are bound to give UST a breath of fresh air in its first year under Aldin Ayo. Of the newest recruits, Concepcion is the most promising, being a mobile big man who can stretch the floor. The six-foot-three forward was the centerpiece in the early going of the Red Robins’ ascent. In his last season there, he had per game counts of 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. However, according to a source, Concepcion will have to get his papers in order first as he is yet to complete high school. If all goes well for him, he will bolster a frontline that boasts of Steve Akomo, Henric Caunan, and Joco Macasaet. Also in the mix there will be Marcos, who served as the glue guy in the Junior Blazers’ first-ever championship by averaging 11.2 points, seven rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.1 assists. The six-foot wing is just the type of player Ayo wants – tireless and relentless. Meanwhile, Caballero and Agustin have a good shot at breaking through Espana’s guard rotation that includes Cansino, Enriquez, Marvin Lee, Jordan Sta. Ana, and the returning Renzo Subido. Agustin was the leading scorer for the Light Bombers with 16.3 points per game while Agustin was not that far behind in norming 14.3 markers of his own. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Ayo gets key pieces as Cansino stays, NCAA Jrs stars join UST

Looking to replicate his fast-paced system implemented in Letran and La Salle, University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo has already started putting together the key pieces for his new-look Growling Tigers. Ayo secured the services of CJ Cansino as the UAAP Season 80 Juniors Most Valuable Player decided to remain in Espaa. The do-it-all swingman averaged a league-best 24.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in his senior year for the Tiger Cubs, leading UST High School to the stepladder semifinals before falling to the NU Bullpups. Cansino has been unwavering in his commitment to UST, shunning offers from other schools. "Got loyalty inside my DNA," he said in a t...Keep on reading: Ayo gets key pieces as Cansino stays, NCAA Jrs stars join UST.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Former NCAA Jrs. MVP Mike Enriquez headed to UST

Excuse him, but Mike Enriquez is on his way to University of Sto. Tomas. After many months of reflection, the Mapua High School standout has finally decided where his next step will take him. "UST na po ako," he told ABS-CBN Sports. He then continued, explaining his decision, "Maganda po kasing opportunity ito na maipakita ko lalo laro ko tsaka gusto rin po ng parents ko yung school." Enriquez was hailed as the MVP of the NCAA Juniors in Season 91. That meant that he was the top individual player in the league in just his second season and at just 17 years of age. However, the 5-foot-10 guard's next two years were forgettable, to say the least, with his Season 92 plagued by injury and his Season 93 ending with a lost championship. Still, the well-rounded skills that made him an NCAA Juniors MVP remains - steady ballhandling, smart playmaking, stout defending, solid rebounding, and scoring when need be. Enriquez's continued development will also be ensured by the fact that he will still be with Randy Alcantara - his head coach with the Red Robins who is now concurrently an assistant coach for the Growling Tigers. The last two days have been filled with nothing but good news for Espana. A day ago, UAAP Juniors top individual player and King Tiger Cub CJ Cansino formally announced his commitment to staying. Now, they are getting another high school MVP who has already been battle-hardened at only 19-years-old. He will bolster a backcourt that already has Marvin Lee and Jordan Sta. Ana as well as the returning Renzo Subido. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Triple-doubling Kai Sotto reclaims top spot in NBTC 24

After two weeks, Ateneo de Manila High School standout and 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet Kai Sotto has regained the honor as the top high school prospect in Week 7 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Sotto, who is undoubtedly the top young center in the country, lifted the Blue Eaglets to an 86-70 win over Nazareth School of National University last Friday with a stout statline of 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks. That was the first triple-double performance in the UAAP Juniors Basketball division since 2003. “I text him, he texts me and he texted me, ‘Coach, abangan niyo. Eto na, makikita niyo yung totoong Kai Sotto.’ True enough, he proved to be a man of his word," shared Ateneo head coach Joe Silva about the top Grade 9 cager in the country today. Blue Eaglets’ floor general SJ Belangel, who had 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and five steals, remained as the top point guard but fell to number two overall. Rounding-up the top five are Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, NCAA MVP and 23 for 2023 cadet Will Gozum of Mapua University, and UAAP MVP CJ Cansino of University of Sto. Tomas. After posting better numbers in Game 1, Dave Ildefonso of Ateneo rose to seven, overtaking NU's Rhayann Amsali. Making the biggest leap in the penultimate week of the rankings was NU's Terrence Fortea. Fortea, a member of the Batang Gilas squad that won gold in the 2017 SEABA Championship, rose from 19 to 14 after pacing the Bullpups in Game One with 21 markers. Here is the complete rankings after Week 7: 1. Kai Sotto, ADMU (2) 2. SJ Belangel, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. CJ Cansino, UST (5) 6. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (6) 7. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (8) 8. Rhayann Amsali, NU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (9) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (10) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (11) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (12) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (13) 14. Terrence Fortea, NU (19) 15. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (14) 16. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 17. Joem Sabandal, ADU (16) 18. Beirn Laurente, UV (17) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (20) 20. Miguel Oczon, NU (24) 21. Alex Visser, SHS-Cebu (18) 22. Mac Guadana, LPU (21) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Joshua Yerro, UV (22) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

UST still frontrunner for MVP Cansino; three other schools also interested

CJ Cansino finally hoisted on Tuesday the trophy he had long been made himself worthy of. University of Sto. Tomas’ pride was presented with the MVP award at the Filoil Flying V Centre, perfectly punctuating a season which saw him ascend to the very top of the list of high school prospects. Of course, Cansino was nothing but thankful for the recognition. “Sobrang sarap po ng pakiramdam. Salamat sa lahat ng naniwala,” he said. The do-it-all swingman was the top individual player in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) throughout the tournament and wound up with 88.43 SPs built on per game counts of 24.6 points in 43 percent shooting, 12.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and nearly a block. With that, the difference between him and his runner-up is 18 points. At one point in the season, his lead on his closest competitor was even a whopping 26 points. Along with being the top individual player, Cansino also willed the Tiger Cubs to their first playoff appearance since the heyday of Kevin Ferrer. Now, the graduating guard wants nothing more than to also help the Growling Tigers back to the Final Four. Asked what’s next for him, he answered, “Go USTe pa rin po sana!” This is the same stance he has had ever since the beginning of the season. However, Cansino also admitted that he is also in touch with other schools. Specifically, he mentioned Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, and National University as the teams which have expressed interest in him. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

UAAP 80 Jrs. Mythical 5 could have very well been all-Ateneo

Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Dave Ildefonso – all from Ateneo de Manila High School – stood alongside CJ Cansino and L-Jay Gonzales on Tuesday to make up the Mythical Team of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. With 70.21 Statistical Points (SPs) on averages of 12.9 points 57.4 percent shooting, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks. towering teen Sotto was the runner-up to Season MVP Cansino. Third in the MVP race was then court general Belangel who had 68.86 SPs on per game counts of in 17.2 points 52.3 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.7 steals. Versatile wing Ildefonso then came at fifth with 64.21 SPs and per game counts of in 13.1 points 44 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.1 steals. All three were more than worthy members of the Mythical Team officially announced at the Filoil Flying V Centre. All three were key cogs in the Blue Eaglets’ machine that is one win away from a season sweep. They definitely weren’t alone, however, as Katipunan also had much-welcome contributions from the likes of Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel. Manuel averaged 10.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for 59.50 SPs while Credo normed 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals for 53.36 SPs. Those numbers were more than enough to put them in the Top 12 in terms of SPs. That means that Ateneo boasts of having 42 percent of the 12 best individual players in the entire league. And if Manuel and Credo were given a bigger load, they may have also made their own case for the Mythical 5. Even Blue Eaglets mentor Joe Silva says so. “Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel, maybe they’re being overshadowed kasi medyo malakas yung team namin kaya they don’t get their numbers,” he said. He also added, “Pero versatility-wise and value to the team, they have been big for us.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

UST coach Ayo finally breaks silence regarding Cantonjos, Tiger Cubs

Aldin Ayo’s unwillingness to speak was one of the things that ruffled the feathers of those already in Espana when he arrived. For one, now-resigning University of Sto. Tomas Juniors head coach Chris Cantonjos said he did not appreciate how Ayo failed to approach him to talk things over – especially with reports stating that the latter was mulling replacing the former. “Ang gusto ko lang naman dati, sana nag-clarify man lang sila kung totoo o hindi totoo yun,” Cantonjos said, referring to reports stating that Ayo was eyeing NCAA Juniors champion coach Randy Alcantara as the next mentor for the Tiger Cubs. More than a month since Cantonjos first shared his thoughts on the matter, Ayo finally broke his silence. “Sa akin, if we have offended him, hindi namin sinasadya na mangyari (yun). Kung nakaramdam siya nang ganoon, with all sincerity, I would like to apologize to him,” he told The Varsitarian in the school paper’s exclusive interview on Thursday. In fact, Ayo said he was thinking about putting Cantonjos, a UST legend, on his coaching staff. “I look up to him. Wala kami (sa) coaching staff na kaya mag-handle sa mga big man,” he said. He then continued, “Siya (na sana) yun because he is one of the big men UST had.” Cantonjos, during his time as a Growling Tiger, helped his team go 14-0 in the 1993-1994 season and then went on to win a four-peat as well as an MVP. Meanwhile, Ayo clarified that his trips to scout UAAP Juniors MVP and UST High Star CJ Cansino was approved by athletics moderator Rodrigo Sambuang. This, in response to Cantonjos’ statement regarding Ayo’s courting of Cansino. “Ito pa sana, pag nagre-recruit ng player, lumalapit muna sa coach. Yun ang number one,” Cantonjos shared. He then continued, “Kahit sinong coach ang tanungin niyo, respect, magpaalam sa coach. Kumbaga, (auto)matic na yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Bullpups outclass Tiger Cubs to forge Finals duel with Ateneo

Here comes Nazareth School of National University, with a full head of steam entering the Finals of the Season 80 UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament. Running roughshod on helpless University of Sto. Tomas, the Bullpups rushed their way onto a 91-72 rout on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Terrence Fortea and Miguel Oczon were at the forefront of the onslaught, firing 17 and 16 points, respectively, to shoot their team onto the championship round where they challenge still undefeated Ateneo de Manila High School. Fortea and Oczon, along with Paul Manalang and Winderlich Coyoca, also combined for 10 triples that, in all, took the fight out of Season MVP CJ Cansino and the Tiger Cubs. It was also those two players who merged for 14 points in the 17-1 run that erased a one-point deficit in the first into a 32-17 advantage in the second. NU would not look back from there as the likes of Manalang, Coyoca, and Rhayyan Amsali only joined in on the fun that had them mount a lead of as much as 22. The emphatic win gives the Bullpups all the confidence in the world as they enter the best-of-three Finals against the Blue Eaglets. Ateneo went 2-0 up against NU in the elimination round. However, these boys from Sampaloc are more determined than ever to take down their unbeaten rivals. Game 1 of that big-time showdown will be on Friday still at the same venue. All of the action starts at 2:00 PM and will be LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap. For UST, RJ Baquial and Jezreel Villapando topped the scoring column with 16 points apiece. Cansino was shut down to just 10 points in 29 percent shooting along with 16 rebounds, seven assists, and four turnovers. BOX SCORES NU 91 – Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillonar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca 8, Gonzales 4, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felicida 0 UST 72 – Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 0, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 45-31, 67-51, 91-72 —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL MIXTAPE: FEU-Diliman s L-Jay Gonzales

L-JAY GONZALES Guard for the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws 5-foot 10-inches 19-years-old Grade 12 GET TO KNOW MORE EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 80 Jrs. players with swag FEU Srs. secures services of ‘Westbrook-like’ L-Jay Gonzales Finals MVP Gonzales next in long line of promising Baby Tamaraw guards Gonzales, Gabane will FEU-Diliman to championship Baby Tams charge through Bullpups to close in on championship.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

These Adamson Baby Falcons are nobodies no more

In the first round of the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, it was all about fully-loaded Ateneo de Manila High School, powerhouse Nazareth School of National University, awoken giant University of Sto. Tomas, and defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman. With those four locking down the top half of the standings, the Final Four seemed to be set. Then came the second round and a brand new upstart entered the playoff picture. Competitive in their contests up against the top teams in the first round, Adamson High School built upon that confidence to register a record of 4-3 in the second round. That, along with the Tiger Cubs’ struggles, led to a 7-7 elimination round finish for the Baby Falcons – extending their campaign with a playoff for the fourth-seed. The motivation was pretty simple for the squad nobody thought would be contending this quick. “Ang battle cry namin is we are nobody and we want to make a name for ourselves,” head coach Mike Fermin shared. He then continued, “Imagine, 14 rookies, sino ba yang mga yan? Yun lang nasa utak namin.” Adamson was expected to be rebuilding as it has not even been a year after the departure of former head coach Goldwyn Monteverde along with what was once a championship-caliber core including Gerry Abadiano, EJ Agbong, Forthsky Padrigao, Encho Serrano, and Carl Tamayo. Enter Fermin – and really, his track record of maximizing whatever materials he has should have told us that the Baby Falcons were taking flight sooner than later. The 38-year-old mentor once took over for Kenneth Duremdes and led the Soaring Falcons to a respectable finish. When Franz Pumaren was installed as Seniors head coach, Fermin then took his talents to the Lady Falcons whom he guided to the Final Four. Now, the always amiable mentor has been tasked to make sure that there is wind beneath the wings of Adamson High. And for the third time, the San Marcelino-based school’s faith in Fermin has paid dividends – with the Baby Falcons taking the Tiger Cubs to the limit before surrendering a one-point defeat in overtime in their do-or-die game for the fourth-seed. Of course, it had to help that three of Monteverde’s recruits opted to stay. “Malaking bagay na nandito pa rin yung Doria brothers at yung Sabandal kasi nadadala nila yung leadership on and off the court,” the head coach said, talking about starting forwards Andrey and Adam Doria and lead guard Joem Sabandal. He then continued, “Tapos yung experience nila, malaking bagay rin. Masasabi nilang, ‘Nakapaglaro na kami ng UAAP at mase-share namin yung experience na yun.’” And oh, of course, it had to help that one of those three returnees happened to be a star just waiting for a chance to shine.w Sabandal has been, without a doubt, the breakout star of the second round of the season – and even the entire season because, well, really, CJ Cansino has already been doing CJ Cansino things since a year ago. That was again evident in the fourth-seed playoff as the Cagayan de Oro native almost had a triple-double with a stat line of 20 points, nine assists, nine rebounds, and three steals. While their surprise contention didn’t put them in the semifinals, Adamson will remain intact and reap the rewards of their experience for next season. Without a doubt, nobody could say they are nobodies anymore. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Belangel dislodges Ateneo teammate Sotto out of top spot in NBTC 24

The UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament closed out its elimination round with a bang, but as the day ended, one student-athlete stood head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Ateneo de Manila High School's senior floor general SJ Belangel dropped a whopping 31 points against Nazareth School of National University, leading the Blue Eaglets to an immaculate 14-0 record en route to an automatic Finals berth. With this outing and the consistency he showed during the preliminaries, Belangel took over the top spot as the best high school prospect in Week 5 of the National Basketball Training Center Chooks-to-Go 24. The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players taking part in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments as well as the recently concluded NCAA competition. Ateneo big man and 23 for 2023 cadet Kai Sotto dropped to second after sitting atop the ladder for the last four weeks. Rounding out the top five are La Salle Greenhills' Joel Cagulangan, Mapua University's Will Gozum, and Far Eastern University-Diliman's L-Jay Gonzales. For dragging University of Sto. Tomas to a playoff match against Adamson High School, CJ Cansino, who is bound to win the UAAP Jrs. MVP, went up to seven.  On the other hand, Baby Falcons ace Joem Sabandal also rose in the weekly rankings, going up to 16. Making the biggest leap this week is CESAFI MVP Alex Visser. Visser rose to 17th, four spots higher than a week ago.  The biggest loser this week is Baby Tamaraws off-guard RJ Abarrientos. The FEU-commit was a non-factor during his team's loss to the Tiger Cubs last Sunday resulting to a drop from eighth to 14th. Here is the complete rankings after Week 5: 1. SJ Belangel, ADMU (2) 2. Kai Sotto, ADMU (1) 3. Joel Cagulangan, LSGH (3) 4. Will Gozum, MU (4) 5. L-Jay Gonzales, FEU (5) 6. Rhayann Amsali, NU (6) 7. CJ Cansino, UST (9) 8. Dave Ildefonso, ADMU (7) 9. Aaron Fermin, AU (10) 10. Clint Escamis, MU (11) 11. John Galinato, CKSC (12) 12. Inand Fornilos, LSGH (13) 13. Warren Bonifacio, MU (14) 14. RJ Abarrientos, FEU (8) 15. Evan Nelle, SBC (15) 16. Joem Sabandal, ADU (17) 17. Alex Visser, SHS Cebu (21) 18. Terrence Fortea, NU (16) 19. Raven Cortez, DLSZ (18) 20. Beirn Laurente, UV (20) 21. Mac Guadana, LPU (22) 22. Joaqui Manuel, ADMU (19) 23. Harvey Pagsanjan, HCHS (23) 24. Maui Cruz, EAC (24) The Juniors stars were ranked using the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition. These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Tiger Cubs stay alive by stopping Baby Tamaraws’ charge

STANDINGS Ateneo 13-0 NU 11-2 FEU-Diliman 8-6 UST 7-7 Adamson 7-7 DLSZ 4-10 UPIS 3-11 UE 2-12 Of course, CJ Cansino came through just when University of Sto. Tomas needed him the most. Cansino was at the forefront of the Tiger Cubs’ tear in the final frame that eventually ended as a much-needed 64-62 victory versus defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. With their backs against the wall, the upstarts from Espana looked to their ace to lead the way. That, he did and netted 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. It was also his improbable basket and bonus that broke off a 57-all tie and bagged a three-point lead for UST late in the game. Seldom-used Baby Tamaraw Kyle Bautista dropped a corner three to once again knot the score only to see Liam Manabat bury a triple of his own to keep the Tiger Cubs ahead. The two teams traded a couple of defensive stops until Daniel Celzo’s putback pulled FEU-Diliman to 62-63 with 4.2 ticks to go. Sent to the line in the ensuing possession, Cansino made good on one of two to mount what would prove to be the final margin of victory. The defending champions had a couple of chances to force overtime or even win the game, but Espana’s defense stood strong to seal the deal. After so much frustration in the second round, UST finally put up a fight in this one with the other guys like Manabat and Rean Relucio contributing to the cause with 11 points apiece. This is only their second win in the last seven games, but it is nonetheless much-welcome as it puts them on even ground in the standings with 7-7 Adamson High School who had won earlier. Now, the Tiger Cubs and the Baby Falcons are set to go at it with the fourth and final playoff berth at stake. Nothing changes for the Baby Tamaraws who remain at third even as they end the elimination round at 8-6. L-Jay Gonzales topped the scoring column with 13 points, but was uncharacteristically a non-factor in the endgame. BOX SCORES UST 64 – Cansino 26, Manabat 11, Relucio 11, Lina 6, Baquial 6, Narvasa 2, Dela Cruz 2, Anunciacion 0, Villapando 0, Benzonan 0, Palencia 0, Biag 0 FEU-DILIMAN 62 – Gonzales 13, Celzo 11, Bautista 10, Torres 9, Abarrientos 7, Sajonia 6, Alforque 2, Armendez 2, Mariano 2, Tolentino 0, Ona 0, Boc 0, Barasi 0 QUARTER SCORES: 12-16, 21-30, 42-45, 64-62 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Playoff-bound Bullpups stop Jr. Maroons dead in their tracks

STANDINGS Ateneo 11-0 NU 9-2 UST 6-5 FEU-Diliman 6-5 Adamson 5-6 DLSZ 3-8 UPIS 3-8 UE 1-10 After Ateneo de Manila High School, it has been Nazareth School of National University and, surprisingly, University of the Philippines Integrated School, which have been the hottest teams in the second round of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. When the two teams faced off, however, the Bullpups left no doubt as to who’s on fire. Winderlich Coyoca turned in his best game of the season and powerhouse NU sent the Junior Maroons crashing back to earth with a 91-60 romp on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Coyoca scored a season-best 16 points and was backstopped by Terrence Fortea and King Vinoya who had 12 points apiece for the Bullpups who never trailed and led by as much as 37 in the third quarter. Those three did their damage off the bench and in all, the NU reserves poured in 56 points to almost match the output of State U. Even with the all-out domination, Rhayyan Amsali was still able to post an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double in just 22 minutes. All of those did nothing but overwhelm UPIS which was coming into the contest with back-to-back shock wins over University of Sto. Tomas and De La Salle Zobel. There wasn’t going to be an upset in this one, though, as the Bullpups took charge from the get-go and retained control all the way to their ninth win in 11 games. Now riding a four-game winning streak, they are assured of a spot in the playoffs and need just one more win to assure themselves of twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, the Tiger Cubs put a stop to their three-game slide by downing University of the East, 88-76. CJ Cansino was at the forefront of the bounce back win with 19 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and two steals while big men Cyril Narvasa and Birmarck Lina merged for 31 markers and 24 boards. UST had dropped three straight games to Ateneo de Manila High School, UP, and NU before getting able to get back on track now at 6-5. They remain tied with defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman for the third and fourth spots and still have 5-6 Adamson High School breathing down their necks. For the Junior Warriors, Shane Dichoso was a pleasant surprise with 26 points built on five triples. They only have one win to show after 11 games. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME NU 91 – Coyoca 16, Fortea 12, Vinoya 12, Amsali 11, Javilonar 7, Manalang 6, Minerva 6, Oczon 5, Felicida 4, Dayrit 4, Malonzo 3, Pangilinan 3, Gonzales 2, Pradella 0 UPIS 60 – Santiago 19, Tupaz 10, Gregorio 9, Labao Ral 7, Vergeire 7, Labao Raf 6, Estrera 2, Villa-real 0, Lopez 0, Gomez de Liano 0, Dimaculangan 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 47-26, 69-43, 91-60 FOURTH GAMES UST 88 – Cansino 19, Narvasa 17, Lina 14, Villapando 11, Benzonan 8, Anunciacion 8, Baquial 7, Esplana 4, Manabat 0, Relicio 0, Co 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0 UE 76 – Dichoso 26, Miranda 18, Tajonera 9, Angeles 8, Dulalia 6, Lopez 4, Almacen 3, Vinte 2, Villarta 0, Policarpio 0, Santos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-21, 43-39, 70-57, 88-76 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

NCAA Jrs. champion Randy Alcantara being eyed to take over Tiger Cubs next season

Aldin Ayo has his first recruit for University of Sto. Tomas – and it is a big one. The new head coach for the Growling Tigers will add to his staff a fellow young mentor who has made his name making the most out of whatever he has in his lineup. According to sources, Ayo is all-set to welcome Randy Alcantara to join him in the bench alongside Rene Baena, Kristoffer Co, Bonnie Garcia, and Mcjour Luib. The development was first reported by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph. Alcantara is an esteemed coach who built Mapua High School’s program from the ground up. That has led to one championship and one runner-up finish in the last two years. Along the way, he has guided the development of promising prospects such as NCAA MVPs Mike Enriquez and Will Gozum as well as Warren Bonifacio, Sherwin Concepcion, and Clint Escamis. Now, along with serving as Ayo’s most decorated lieutenant, Alcantara is also being looked at to lead the continued rise of UST’s high school program. Sources said the one-time NCAA Juniors champion coach will be taking over from Chris Cantonjos who is currently overseeing a campaign that has the Tiger Cubs right in the thick of things in the UAAP Juniors. Once Alcantara formally takes over, he will have some recruitment to do as UST High is set to lose MVP leader CJ Cansino to graduation after the ongoing season. Mapua will not be losing the young mentor, however, as according to sources, he will be staying on with the Red Robins. ABS-CBN Sports has been contacting Alcantara, but he has not returned any messages as of press time. ABS-CBN Sports has also been trying to get a comment from Ayo, but he is yet to respond. According to a source, he has been barred from media interviews by UST’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018