For the Philippine University to seize a ticket to expect the first Final Final since 1997, a special talent had to have its hands on the steering wheel.
Mired in the bottom half with a record of 3-5 in the half-way mark of the UAAP 81 season, the Maroons overwhelmed the brain on an offense to uneven hands Juan Gomez de Liano. The team has gone 5-1 since then.
Now, U U has committed for the Final Four for the first time in 21 years – and it's all because their sophomore standout, which has just turned 19, has made all the correct plays.
Gomez de Liano was at the best in the competition against La Salle, where the No. 3 star in the final was still. Rookie of the Year 80 season finished with 27 points, four assistants, and three anti-reasons.
For that, Gomez de Liano was awarded as the UAAP Player Corps Press Sports Corps Press.
Gomez de Liano noted his anniversary by assembling Javi's older brother and another UP team in Bright Akhuetie, the pair of Ateneo Angelo Kouame and William Navarro, and Troy Rike, a great man, NU for the weekly award presented by print and online secretaries that cover the beat.
All of these were a promise made to him.
"I said an offseason language which we're doing in the final. I'm promising Bo coach [Perasol], I add to everyone that we will be here, and now we are here, we do not take it for granted, "he said.
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Over the last six games, five of the Maroons, Gomez de Liano, averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 resumed, and 6.8 assisted the bench. It was standardized 19.3 points, 5.8 restatements, and 4.3 supportive in the team's first eight games.
Although they had broken the end, however, Diliman's talented talent said they were far from finishing.
"On the next one is still. Now we're the final, we're still hungry for the final," he said.