UAAP: Juan GDL says nothing special about his triple-double
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 21, 2018 08:12 PM
Juan Gomez de Liano is only the third player to tally a triple-double in the UAAP since 2003
For the first time in 12 years, there’s a triple-double in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Juan Gomez de Liano achieved the rare feat with a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist performance in the University of the Philippines’ win against University of the East on Sunday.
The second-year standout for the Fighting Maroons is also just the third player since 2003 to tally a triple-double – falling in line behind LA Tenorio of Ateneo de Manila University in 2005 and Marvin Cruz also of UP in 2006.
For Juan GDL, however, he was just doing his job. “I think coach Bo [Perasol] wants me to become a complete player ever since. Kaya I just had to do my job and go 100 percent,” he told reporters post-game.
With that, last season’s Rookie of the Year made it clear that while his triple-double may have been rare, he has long been stuffing the stat sheet. As he put it, “There’s nothing special to it. I’ve been playing like this ever since high school so I’ll just continue to do my job as a playmaker.”
And more than the stat line, what matters most for Juan GDL is the much-needed win. “It feels great not because I got a triple-double, but because we got the W,” he expressed.
Indeed, he knows full well how it feels to have individual honor without team glory. “It sucks na parang, your background would be, ‘Juan, puro talo yan sa career niya,’” he shared.
In his last season in the UAAP Juniors, Juan GDL was the Season MVP, but failed to make the playoffs.
And so, now, all he wants is to play in the Final Four – even without any triple-doubles or even a Mythical selection. “My main goal right now is to make it to the Final Four. Mythical Five, I just really set that aside,” he expressed.
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