GDLs get together as UP gets first win run in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2018 04:22 PM
GDLs get together as UP gets first win run in UAAP 81
Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano led UP to the top half of the standings in UAAP Season 81


The Gomez de Liano connection went online as the University of the Philippines finally went streaking in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Javi GDL scored a career-high 19 points while brother Juan scattered his contributions all over as the Fighting Maroons fought off National University for a well-earned 89-88 win on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The elder GDL was on-point from the get-go and was later on flanked by his younger brother as well as Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie and team captain Paul Desiderio.

Those four made sure that UP would finally keep its momentum going, moving to joint fourth in the standings now at 3-3. “The positive way of saying it is we won while learning. I’d rather have that than losing and learning,” head coach Bo Perasol said.

Indeed, it definitely didn’t come easy as, time and again, the Bulldogs battled back.

State U was up by six points with 63 ticks to go in the block before a couple of defensive breakdowns and missed charities opened the door for their opponents.

Dave and Shaun Ildefonso’s five-point burst could have been countered, but instead, Jun Manzo and Javi GDL muffed on all four of their free throws. “We have to revisit our free throw drills,” coach Bo said, lamenting the fact that they only shot 11-of-30 from the free throw line.

Just down by one with 7.6 seconds remaining, NU had a golden opportunity to steal the win, but time ran out on JV Gallego before he could put up an attempt or even just pass to Dave Ildefonso.

And so, UP weathered the storm and now stands where it was hoping it would be since the preseason.

In the end, kuya Javi also had eight rebounds and four assists while Juan had 20 markers, seven boards, six assists, and three steals.

Akhuetie also posted another monster double-double of 21 points and 20 rebounds and Desiderio chipped in 14 markers of his own.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs’ downward spiral continued with their fifth loss in a row following a season-opening win. Super rookie continued to shine bright for them, though, with a career-best 20 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.


UP 89 – Akhuetie 21, Gomez de Liano Ju 20, Gomez de Liano Ja 19, Desiderio 14, Manzo 8, Dario 6, Prado 1, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0, Gozum 0, Lim 0

NU 88 – Ildefonso D 20, Sinclair 13, Gallego 13, Ildefonso S 12, Gaye 11, Clemente 9, RIke 4, Diputado 3, Morido 2, Yu 1, Joson 0, Aquino 0, Malonzo 0, Tibayan 0, Galinato 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-20, 47-40, 70-62, 89-88


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