REPORT: CJ Cansino out with a torn ACL

In the second quarter of the UST Growling Tigers’ game against the UP Fighting Maroons, CJ Cansino got the ball on the break and was driving to the hoop. During the drive, his knee buckled from under him and he crashed to the floor.

The rookie clutched his knee, screaming out in pain. Cansino had to be stretchered out of the playing court. Cansino was in tears in the dugout as he knee was being examined.

Cansino returned to the court briefly to watch his team play before leaving the arena to go to the hospital and get his knee checked.

After the game, Coach Aldin Ayo informed the media that Cansino wouldn’t be playing UST’s final game against Ateneo, no matter the extent of the injury of his rookie. The fear was that Cansino tore his ACL, based on what happened during the game.

The Growling Tigers’ worst fears have been confirmed. After an MRI on the knee today, multiple outlets are reporting that Cansino did tear the ACL on his left knee. This was reported by both Normie Riego of ABS-CBN Sports and Matthew Li of Tiebreaker Times

Cansino even took to Instagram to post a picture of his leg with a full length brace, usually used by those who have extensive leg injuries.


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There was no direct update of his injury on social media though.

Based on reports, Cansino will undergo surgery on Thursday. After surgery, he will be out for at least eight months to recover from his injury. That means he will most likely miss whatever offseason tournaments and trainings the Growling Tigers will take part in. UST has been eliminated from the Final Four race after their loss to UP.

Cansino is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year award. He put up impressive numbers of 12.8 points in 44 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in his first year in the league. He also became the first rookie since 2003 to tally a triple-double.