UPIS’ Juan GDL does it all, fights with his all for MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 23, 2017 12:31 PM
UPIS’ Juan GDL does it all, fights with his all for MVP
DILIMAN PRIDE. Juan Gomez de Liano is the first MVP from Diliman in over a decade.

It may have fallen short in reaching the playoffs, but the University of the Philippines Integrated School can take solace in a different kind of milestone in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

King Junior Maroon Juan Gomez de Liano is set to take home MVP honors after he placed first in Statistical Points (SPs) with 70.43 – 0.7 better than his closest competitor.

With per game counts of 19.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals, the graduating guard further illuminated his already glowing credentials by proving he is much more than a top-shelf scorer.

Gomez de Liano and UPIS fell two wins short of the Final Four. Still, their 5-9 record is their best in recent history.

The six-foot-two swingman is the first MVP from Diliman in a decade – the last one being Sam Marata in 2007.

Finishing as very close runner-up is SJ Belangel of Ateneo de Manila High School who had 69.71 SPs on the back of averages of 16.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.4 steals.

Rounding out the top five performers are Nazareth School of National University’s John Lloyd Clemente, University of Sto. Tomas’ Inand Fornillos, and Ateneo’s Dave Ildefonso.

The MVP and the Mythical Five will be recognized before Game 2 of the Finals on Friday at the San Juan Arena.


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