EVER imagined not one, not two, not three but four Gomez de Lianos in one team?
The brothers have.
"It would mean the world to me. We have not seen four brothers in one team," Juan Gomez de Liano, the most prominent of the basketball-playing siblings, told The Prospects Pod.
Brothers have played side-by-side with one another in the UAAP before.
Ateneo had Ravena brothers Kiefer and Thirdy as well as twins Mike and Matt Nieto; Far Eastern University paraded siblings Russel and Richard Escoto and Achie and Axel Inigo; La Salle previously had Prince and Ricci Rivero; and National University got Dave and Shaun Ildefonso in the last two seasons.
But to have four brothers in one team? That's unheard of.
For that to happen, we have to wait for it.
Juan and Javi have already expressed their intentions to skip the next UAAP season, focusing on their development as a part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.
Youngest Jordi, meanwhile, still has one more year in high school with the Junior Maroons. That leaves the eldest Joe as the lone Gomez de Liano to suit up for the Fighting Maroons in the coming season.
After wallowing in UP's Team B for the past few seasons, this year is Joe's for the taking. And it makes the situation brought upon by the global COVID-19 pandemic all the more frustrating as he continues to wait for the UAAP season to finally push through.
Joe is naturally excited.
"Coming from a guy who keeps watching the UAAP, I wanna be there and then finally getting the chance, the thing is this is a process eh," he said.
"We’re almost a new team kasi maraming nag-graduate at marami ring umalis. So it’s really a big chance for me to prove kasi syempre UP is rebuilding, you’ll get a lot of minutes kasi it’s a new team eh.
"Of course, my excitement level is above the roof. I was so excited to get a chance to prove what I can do, pero I still have hope."
For the four Gomez de Lianos to make history by playing in one team, the earliest that could happen will be on UAAP Season 84.
The brothers can't wait.
"If ever, it’s gonna be very, very great for our family and hopefully, we could give a big help to the school," said Joe. "Sana if ever it does happen, it will all work out."