UAAP 82: In his own way, Juan GDL was big part of UP rally

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 21, 2019 08:52 AM
UAAP 82: In his own way, Juan GDL was big part of UP rally
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

ANTIPOLO - Kobe Paras, Jun Manzo, and Bright Akhuetie all stepped up when it mattered most for the University of the Philippines in their matchup opposite Adamson University, Sunday at Ynares Center here.

Behind those three, the Fighting Maroons went on a 21-5 killer run to take down the Soaring Falcons, 81-77.

Alongside those three, however, head coach Bo Perasol went out of his way to laud the efforts of Juan Gomez de Liano. "This is also a breakout game for Juan. He really contributed well not only on offense, but also he was very decent on defense," the always amiable mentor said post-game.

Indeed, Juan GDL was not tops in the team in points, rebounds, and assists, but he made his presence felt all over the floor with 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists all while standing strong while guarding either of the Soaring Falcons' 1-2 punch of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Val Chauca.

Of course, the third-year playmaker is nothing but ready and raring to do whatever UP needs from him. "I'm just really glad that I was able to deliver and help my team in my own way. Whatever role is given to me, I'm just willing to adjust and accept it," he said.

Without a doubt, for the Fighting Maroons to fulfill their promise, they would need their homegrown star to make sure the machine is as well-oiled as it could be - even though that would mean he would have to sacrifice.

For Juan GDL, though, that's no problem at all. As he put it, "I'm just playing for my teammates and the community. I'm just trying to be selfless all season."

He then continued, "I'm glad I was able to create plays for my teammates and we won - that's the most important thing."

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