MANILA, Philippines – Juan Gomez de Liaño is back on the 3 × 3 track.
The star of the University of the Philippines will play Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards next 2020. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3 × 3 Presidential Cup. bubble setting Inspire Academy in Lagoon.
“I was introduced to 3 × 3 basketball when I was eight or nine years old. I would play 3 × 3 with adults; I grew up playing in the streets. You see everyone on the streets. They will not play basketball, ”de Liaño said in an interview with Fiba 3 × 3.
“We play 3 × 3 and that’s OG.”
De Liaño played for the first time on the Fifa track in 2017. Together with AJ Ed, Rhayyan Amsali and Encho Serrano, when they reached the seventh place in the Philippines at the Fibos World Cup under the age of 18, it is a memory remembered by the 6-foot defender. live.
“It simply came to our notice then. When I come to that tournament, I remember we had no high expectations. We finished seventh, but it was a great experience to be able to compete at a high level, ”said de Liaño. already staying at Inspire.
Although de Liaño played with players of the same generation who are in the Fiba tournament, this time he would see him as a young man in the group.
Teammate Gab Banal is already a league veteran, playing for Bataan and Basilano in 2019.
The other two friends on his team are Tonino Gonzaga and Jai Reyes, who had already begun their college careers in the late 2000s.
Nevertheless, de Liaño is determined to bring everything to the tournament, even though his brothers Joe and Javi left at the last minute.
“We joined this tournament thinking unanimously – to win.”
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