UAAP: Juan GDL: 'I didn't want this to be Paul's last game'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 24, 2018 09:13 PM
UAAP: Juan GDL: 'I didn't want this to be Paul's last game'
Juan GDL helped UP and team captain Paul Desiderio live to fight another day

Paul Desiderio’s tough, tough jumper put the University of the Philippines up by two on Adamson University with 5.5 ticks to go on the clock in their Final Four match-up on Saturday.

It looked like the Fighting Maroons’ team captain had another “Atin ‘to, papasok ‘to” moment right then and there.

And so, Juan Gomez de Liano was right then and there to give him a huge hug.

Of course, that didn’t prove to be the game-winner as State U needed a beautifully executed play for Bright Akhuetie to get its first playoff win since 1997.

Whatever it was, there was no doubt several UP players turned in one of their best games to make it happen for their squad.

In the end, Akhuetie had six points, the last two of which was the biggest shot of his career, to go along with 14 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Desiderio and Juan GDL then chipped in 19 markers each.

Without a doubt, Juan GDL said they were giving it all for team captain Desiderio. “I just didn’t want this to be his last game,” he said.

And that also goes for the rest of their graduating players – Diego Dario, Jarrell Lim, and Gelo Vito. “Not just him, but all our seniors,” he also added.

Indeed, the Fighting Maroons proved just that and powered their way just one win from the Finals. “Now we’re here, we’re gonna make the most out of it. Our confidence just keeps getting higher,” he said.

He then continued, “On to the next one still.”

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