UAAP: Not Juan, not Javi, the best-shooting GDL is still in UPIS

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 21, 2018 03:44 PM
Not Juan, not Javi, the best-shooting GDL is still in UPIS
Jordi GDL is stepping out of the shadows of his kuyas to give some sort of life to UPIS

Jordi Gomez de Liano caught fire for the University of the Philippines Integrated School to end the first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Jordi GDL dropped a career-best 27 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists in a losing effort for the Junior Maroons. He did so all while launching and hitting on 7-of-9 of his long-range missiles. “It feels great, but I know I can do a whole lot better. I got a career-high, but we lost so it doesn’t really matter,” he said afterward.

Nonetheless, also post-game, kuya Javi was nothing but proud of the fourth GDL.

He was quick to add, however, referring to his little brother’s hot shooting, “Got it from me.”

Indeed, Jordi’s sniping for UPIS is pretty much the exact role Javi has for UP.

In fact, their percentages from there are both above average with Jordi at 38 percent and Javi at 47.5 percent.

The younger GDL, however, will have a leg up on his kuya as the former has already totaled 19 triples with the second round still to come in the Juniors tournament while the latter shot a total of 19 threes throughout the recently concluded Seniors season.

More than that, Jordi is also on pace to hit more treys than another older brother of his in Juan.

If he keeps this up, the Junior Maroon is on track for at least 38 triples – the Fighting Maroons’ second-year standout had 37 threes for the year.

Of course, Juan is also nothing but proud of his little brother. “They still lost,” he began, frank as always.

He then continued, “But he played really well. I’m really happy for him because he’s really been working on his game.”

Still, the UAAP 81 Seniors Mythical selection wants to see much more from the 15-year-old, 6-foot-5 GDL. “I’ve been telling him to be aggressive and to attack the rack. He’s relying too much on his outside game, but he should use his length,” he said.

For his part, Jordi said he is doing nothing but welcome all the advice he is getting from his kuyas – whether that be on-court or off-court. “My brothers are definitely giving me pointers on my shot and also a lot of different things whether it’s basketball or life in general,” he said.

He then continued, “That’s why I cannot thank them enough for what they have done to make me the person I am today.”

Make no mistake, though, in his eyes, the UPIS sniper said he can best his big brothers in UP anytime and every time. As he put it, in true GDL fashion, confidently expressed, “I definitely think that I’m the best shooter among the GDLs,” he expressed.

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