Tag: javi gdl

UP Fighting Maroons, FEU Tamaraws Go to Ilo-ilo Invitational, April 28 – May 1

UP Fighting Maroons will once again, try to covet, one of the championship titles for this round of off-season games. This time, they are ought to battle three other teams, including Cebu’s finest Southwestern University and last year’s semifinalists FEU Tamaraws at the Iloilo National Invitational Basketball Championship.

The four-day event will be held at the Pototan Astrodome and is scheduled from April 28 to May 1. The said tournament will be UP and FEU testing grounds for their off-season bid at the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Tournament which will also start the same weekend. The admission for the games is free.

Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie will be bannering the State U squad, along with Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano. Janjan Jaboneta of Antique and Richie Villaruz of Ajuy will also take part in the tourney.

The said tourney is spearheaded by Gov Arthur Defensor, Sr., Congressman Toto Defensor Jr. and Ruding Villaruz.

javi gomez de liano highlights

WATCH: UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Highlights – Javi Gomez de Liano (VIDEO)

One of the most surprising rookies this year, Javi Gomez de Liano did not let his youth be a hindrance to contribute for the team. Flashes of brilliance all over the season, this kid definitely made a mark. With an unassuming personality on- and off-court, Javi manages to break in and keep his head in the game. Watch the video below:

ADVERTISEMENT

Promising as he can be, the rookie from UP Integrated School became one of the greatest discoveries of the season even battling with expected rookie of the year candidates Jerrick Ahanmisi and Aljun Melecio for the ROTY plum. Watch his UAAP Season 79 highlights here:

ADVERTISEMENT

With the right training, this skilled boy has all the makings of a King Maroon, and of course who can forget that pretty boy face?