Two rookies have been a head above the rest among their batch so far in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. There’s CJ Cansino of the UST Growling Tigers and there’s Dave Ildefonso of the NU Bulldogs.
“As a player, kailangan mo makita yung competition mo. Minsan tinitingnan ko rin yung stats. Yung stats ni CJ, kailangan ko lampasan. Siyempre si CJ magaling na player,” disclosed Ildefonso.
“Di ko alam kung paano siya nakakuha ng seventeen points at seventeen rebounds, kahit sa juniors pa lang, nakaka-twenty-five points and fifteen rebounds siya. Nagugulat na lang ako.“
For his part, Ildefonso is having a stellar campaign as well so far with averages 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
“Una, masaya dahil nandun ako sa Rookie of the Year race, pero hindi talaga yung goal ko,” he disclosed.
“Ang goal ko, yung makapasok kami ng Final Four.”
The paths of the Growling Tigers and the Bulldogs have been diverging so far in the on-going tourney.
With this predicament, Ildefonso’s goal of winning the top freshman plum is the least of his worries.
“He’s really a great player and I think my goal right now is to help the team and hopefully Final Four.
“Bonus na lang yung ROY. Hopefully I can get it, but if not, CJ deserves it,” the second generation cager expressed.
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