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.
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 10, 2018
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.
CJ Cansino was stretched out of the court with 5:57 left in the second quarter, he is suffering pain in his left knee. He is currently receiving medical attention in the UST dugout. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/oEpjI4hpXc
— Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 10, 2018
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.
CJ Cansino’s out of the UST locker room. He’s sitting on the baseline seats watching his teammates wage war with UP. He says it’s a sprain. His left knee clearly heavily taped up. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/hVH3xSfG7h
— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) November 10, 2018
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.
Ops pahinga muna sandali sabi ni God hehehe 🙏🏼
— Cj Cansino (@cjcansino1) November 12, 2018
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.