UAAP: Get used to seeing stat sheet stuffing from UP's Juan GDL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2018 08:41 PM
Get used to seeing stat sheet stuffing from UP's Juan GDL
Juan Gomez de Liano is proving to be a triple-double threat game in and game out for UP (FILE PHOTO)

ANTIPOLO – The University of the Philippines’ Juan Gomez de Liano has been, put simply, on a tear in the last four games.

It all began when he became the first player in 12 years to tally a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in the Fighting Maroons’ victory versus the Red Warriors.

Since then, the second-year stud has been stuffing the stat sheet. In the last four games, he has averages of 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.

Don’t expect him to be letting up anytime soon.

Asked if flirting with triple-doubles is now the new norm for him, he answered, “Yeah. I think so. This second round, I think my role is different compared to the first round.”

He then continued, “First round, I was more of a scorer. Second round, my job is to create for my teammates and make them look better.”

Indeed, in the first round, Juan GDL’s per game counts were 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

Now, he has yet to be UP’s top scorer in the last four games.

That distinction has gone to either Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie or team captain Paul Desiderio – and that’s just how he wants it to be. “It’s just me accepting my role. Bright and Paul are being more aggressive so I just really have to create for them,” he said.

And there nobody in Diliman who would disagree with the development as the Fighting Maroons have gone 3-1 in the last four games. “Coach Bo still wants me to score, but I’d rather create for my teammates. I’ve been doing that and we’ve been getting Ws so I’ll just continue doing it,” he said.

He then continued, “The W is all that matters.”

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