Juan GDL out to give back to UP by helping them make Final Four
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 28, 2017 03:37 PM
STAY. Juan Gomez de Liano will be reunited with kuya Javi to help turn UP's playoff dream turn into reality.
The University of the Philippines men’s basketball team hasn’t had many marks on the win column in the last decade.
That goes for whatever happens on and off the court.
With the commitment of UAAP Juniors MVP Juan Gomez de Liano to stay on Diliman, however, the Fighting Maroons may just have scored their biggest win in a long while.
Of course, it helps State U that kuya Javi is already there to welcome with open arms the most promising product its high school program has produced in recent history. “Masaya to be reunited with kuya. Right now, we’re always together na ulit,” Juan expressed.
He then continued, “Last year kasi, he stays sa dorm diba so he only goes home during weekends. Right now, training together ulit kami every day.”
Javi and Juan played together for two years for the Junior Maroons. Now both with the Fighting Maroons, the brothers will be playing together for the foreseeable future.
On a more personal note, however, the younger Gomez de Liano shared that his decision to stay in maroon and green is rooted in his desire to give back to the school that nurtured him into the tantalizing talent he is today. “I haven’t proven anything yet kasi the MVP, bonus lang dapat yun. I would give up that MVP for a championship anytime,” he said.
He then continued, “So that’s my goal, to help UP reach the Final Four.”
Gomez de Liano won the MVP in Season 79, but saw UP Integrated School fall two wins shy of the Final Four.
In their time in the Juniors, neither Javi nor Juan reached the playoffs. UP Seniors has had it much worse and is still experiencing a Final Four drought that has now stretched for almost two decades.
The good news for the faithful in Diliman is that with the Gomez de Liano brothers, Mythical selection Paul Desiderio, and young guns Diego Dario and Jun Manzo, the future is bright. “Masaya kaming lahat to be a part of this. I can see our team progressing each and every day,” Juan said.
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