Battered Juan GDL shows what he is capable of this Season 82
It is no secret that Juan Gomez De Liano has been struggling to find his groove, due to the fact that he has yet to recover from his multiple injuries.
Before entering Season 82, the third-year guard just sustained back spasms and hyper-extended knee in the off-season, and his battle from those injuries has been pretty tough for him.
“It started after Holy Week, so since April until now, I was never a hundred percent, so I had back spasms. Took me a long while to recover from that,” Gomez De Liano shared.
“When we were in Japan, we had a game, I hyper-extended my left knee. So back spasms, back to zero. I was really okay in Vegas, I was good. We went to Japan, [then I] hyper-extended my knee. Back to zero again. And then it took me a while to just recover.
“But you know, people don’t know I’ve been really working hard to get back in shape, just to get my rhythm back.”
Despite only averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 assists per game – which is far cry from Gomez De Liano’s total output last season, the Fighting Maroons have found ways to win four of their last five games.
Unfortunately for the Season 81 Mythical team member, he accidentally sprained his left ankle during their recent game against La Salle on Wednesday which forced him to sit out in the third period.
However, the 19-year-old Gomez De Liano does not want to let his ailments hinder him to help the Fighting Maroons win the game.
“Dapat ‘di ko na pinilit yun because I really couldn’t,” he admitted. “Our therapist, coach Grace [Siongco] she assessed me. I had my ankle taped. I was really in pain, but I really wanted to go back — to help my teammates in whatever way I can help, and just to not let the UP community down.”
Indeed, it was Juan GDL who made big plays for UP, intercepting an outlet pass from Aljun Melecio and buried a game-winning triple with 7.8 seconds remaining.
“I’m really glad I made the right decision. I made the extra sacrifice to play the last three minutes despite all the injuries I have going through right now,” said Gomez De Liano who finished the game 10 points and five rebounds.
“I’m really thankful to my team even though I’ve been struggling they still have the trust in me. I’ve really been working hard in the offseason. I feel like I’m good for these kinds of moments.”