Juan Gomez de Liano played for the first time in weeks last Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre, but did not miss a beat in showing the University of the Philippines the way to a well-earned 80-71 win against Mapua University.
Juan GDL, who has been bothered by back spasms for the length of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, put up 17 points in the Fighting Maroons' fourth win in six games.
He teamed up with backcourt mate Jun Manzo who had 15 points of his own.
The 1-5 Cardinals were powered by Warren Bonifacio and his 23-point, 13-rebound double-double.
Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University and Adamson University both took care of business against respective foes.
The Pirates leaned on transferee Jayson David who had 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in their 86-64 romp of Emilio Aguinaldo College.
The Soaring Falcons, on the other hand, had Simon Camacho and Papi Sarr doing the heavy lifting with the former finishing with 12 points and the latter ending with a 15 markers and 10 boards as they outclassed Jose Rizal university, 70-52.
LPU and Adamson now both stand at 4-1.
With their respective losses, the Generals dropped to 1-4 and the Heavy Bombers dropped to 1-5.