UAAP: Challenged by Juan, Javi GDL claims his first career dunk

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2018 07:07 PM
Challenged by Juan, Javi GDL claims his first career dunk
Javi GDL says this one's for you, little brother Juan!

ANTIPOLO – Safe to say, Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano share a special connection whenever they’re on the floor for the University of the Philippines.

The brothers have had several highlights together and in the Fighting Maroons’ matchup with National University a month ago, they finally had a shot at a much-wanted alley-oop.

Juan had the alley and Javi had the oop.

Only, the younger brother was far from happy with his kuya’s finish. “Yung alley-oop? Ang pangit, ni-layup (niya) kahit he was all alone. Weak finish, parang, binaby yung shot. Ang corny. Walang thrill,” he said then.

And so, Javi was nothing but fired up to prove Juan wrong. “It was a challenge, really,” he said.

His chance finally came last Saturday at the Ynares Center here, when he intercepted a pass and found a wide open runway ahead of him.

The third-year forward wasted no time to go all the way for a one-handed slam dunk. “A while ago, I was fresh off the bench. Ayun, na-dunk ko,” he told reporters post-game.

For Javi, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he could fly. As he put it, “It’s nothing new to me. I do it every day naman. I’m not just used to that opportunity lang on the break na I’m all alone.”

Still, as it turns out, that highlight turned out to be historic as that was his first-ever career dunk in-game.

For that, Juan is nothing but proud. “Finally, he had one. I’m just happy for him,” he said.

He was quick to add, though, “It was light, actually. He placed it in lang.”

Well, there’s another challenge from Juan for you, Javi!

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