UAAP: Juan GDL says UP is unbeatable if they play like this
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2018 06:23 PM
Juan GDL has full faith that UP is a legitimate contender.
The University of the Philippines’ supposed breakthrough season has not gotten off to a great start.
After a win to open the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, they dropped three games in a row to fall back to the bottom half of the standings.
That all came to an end on Sunday as the Fighting Maroons got back on track at the expense of De La Salle University.
Post-game, there was nothing but relief on their faces. “I think for us, we just had that dog mentality being aggressive on both ends of the floor. I’m really happy that we’re back to winning,” Juan Gomez de Liano said.
Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the efforts of Juan GDL himself who had 17 points, six assists, and three rebounds.
Also, it was his four straight points inside the last two minutes that kept the Green Archers at bay for good. “I think it was my time to step up,” he said about those big-time shots.
The second-year stud, however, opted to shine the spotlight on all of State U and not just on himself. As he put it, “It was just us not giving up. The pressure was there when they were catching up, but I just told my teammates to stay composed,” he said.
With that, they got a much-needed win that puts them right back in the thick of things.
Not only that, they also got a much-needed confidence boost as they try to keep it up in their last two games to end the first round. “It’s not just me who believes we can, but my teammates also. For sure. Kaya yan,” Juan GDL said, referring to their upcoming assignments opposite National University and then University of Sto. Tomas.
And not only that, the 18-year-old is also only confident that the UP that had just taken down La Salle can also do the same to the others. “If we play like this every game, we won’t lose na because we’re giving our best. No excuses,” he said.
That is only if UP maintains the right attitude, however, and that is a big if. “Every game naman for us, kahit sino ang kalaban, we can really beat them as long as we have the right mindset coming into the game,” Juan GDL said.
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