FOR all of the good things Javi Gomez de Liano has done in UP's 89-88 squeaker over NU, his brother Juan only had one complaint.
"Yung alley-oop? Ang pangit eh. Ni-lay up," he said of their nice connection late in the first quarter. "He was all alone. Weak finish. Binaby yung shot. Ang corny, walang thrill."
But Juan isn't too surprised with Javi's performance as the elder Gomez de Liano finished with a career-high 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block in the Fighting Maroons' big victory over the Bulldogs for their first winning streak of the season.
"I was telling him before the game that this was his breakout game. And what you saw today, that's what he does nung high school – he blocks shots, he gets rebounds. You guys shouldn’t be surprised," he said.
Juan, though, knows that Javi could still do better than what he did today, saying: "He could have done way better. He could've shot better free throws and he was letting Josh (Sinclair) get rebounds. Javi could have easily have had a double-double and I know he could do better."
The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year also has to say that on his own game, noting that as gaudy as his statline of 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, there are still things he could improve on.
"I was missing free throws and I was also missing layups. I don’t know why," he said after shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 1-of-6 from the charity stripe.
"I think I should just work on it more, bend my knees, flick my wrist more, hold the follow through. It’s just confidence. It’s all in the mind. I’ll work on it more."
It's still a work-in-progress, but if this current stretch of the Gomez de Liano brothers continue, the future may truly be bright for UP.