Gomez de Liaño family tree blossoming in UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 27, 2016 06:49 PM
Gomez de Liaño family tree blossoming in UP
BEACONS. The Gomez de Llaños are bringing much-needed hope to the basketball program of UP.

The pastures in UAAP basketball haven’t necessarily turned out green and maroon for the University of the Philippines in recent history – be it in the Seniors or Juniors division.

In fact in the Juniors, the last time University of the Philippines Integrated School was in the playoffs was back in 2006 while the last time Diliman had an individual awardee was back in 2007 with season MVP Joseph Marata.

Times may be a-changin’, however, with not one, but two Junior Maroons making the Mythical Team a season ago: double-double machine Javi and slick playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño

Making history as only the second-ever brothers to make the same Mythical Team, Juan said, “We didn’t expect anything talaga before and during the season, but I’m just really proud of him and myself.”

Although kuya has moved on up into the Seniors division, Juan hopes that his individual honor is only the catalyst for team glory in UPIS. “We have a good chance of finally making Final Four next season,” he said.

For his part, kuya Javi is also hoping that once Juan’s Juniors days are over, the two of them could make more history as Fighting Maroons. As the UP commit told ABS-CBN Sports, “It would be great if he joins me in UP because we need a multi-skill guard like him.”

He then continued, without any hint of doubts, “That really would be great. Kasi he’s better than me.”

The younger Gomez de Liaño expressed as well that a reunion in the Seniors is definitely on the table. “UP isn’t one of the contenders, but I believe they’ll be stronger and better in the upcoming seasons."

He then continued, “I haven’t given it much thought yet, but UP is sure is in my top four (schools to go to).”

Also, Juan wasn’t going to argue his kuya’s assessment of their talents. “Mas magaling ako sa kanya,” he expressed.

He was quick to add, however, “Actually, depende rin kasi we don’t play the same position. Siguro kung one-on-one, siya mas angat, pero if we’re talking about team play, feeling ko ako (ang mas angat).”

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