Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

3x3 Basketball

Nueva Ecija opts to sit Juan GDL for Chooks 3×3 Grand Finals

CALAMBA, LAGUNA – Juan Gomez de Liaño is still recovering from his right ankle sprain and will not play for the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards in the Grand Finals 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM.

Nueva Ecija, the third-seed in the road to the ‘Million Peso Game’ on Friday, decided to sit out its playmaker with an eye towards his future.

“There’s so much to risk about his future,” said playing team manager Jai Reyes in the pre-Grand Finals press conference on Thursday afternoon. “Although this is a major tournament for us and we really want to win, it’s unfair to him if pilitin namin siya lumaro.”

The Rice Vanguards will lineup the quartet of Reyes, Gab Banal, Mac Sabellina, and Tonino Gonzaga.

GDL took the Philippines’ pioneering professional 3×3 league by storm in the preseason and first leg before spraining his right ankle in Leg 2.

He was ruled out for the next two legs, but was eyeing a return in the ultimate winner-take-all tournament.

However, Nueva Ecija’s physical therapist determined that the 20-year-old is not yet 100 percent.

“Gusto niyang lumaro, but the assessment is hindi pa niya kaya na full speed,” said Reyes. “We don’t want to risk everything.”

Without Gomez de Liano, the Rice Vanguards were able to make one finals appearance in three legs.

Still, expect GDL to make his presence felt in all of the Rice Vanguards’ remaining games. As Reyes put it, “For the past legs na ‘di siya nakakalaro, he’s always there to cheer us. He’ll still be there tomorrow.”

#ReadMore  With Mo and CJ in PBA, Munzon looks to strengthen bond with Pasaol in Chooks 3x3
Written By

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


The B.League made sure to put the potential Ravena versus Ravena face-off right on the league’s opening weekend.  Thirdy Ravena’s San-En will take on...


Thirdy Ravena’s move to play for San-En in the B.League has opened doors for Filipino basketball players. Over the past month, B.League clubs have...


Brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño are as tight as they come.  Both had a chance to play together at University of the...


Many felt surprised when Juan Gómez de Liaño signed with B.League Division 2 team Earth Friends Tokyo Z. Comments ranged from the 6-foot-1 combo...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

When Juan Gómez de Liaño was negotiating his contract with B.League Division 2 team Earth Friends Tokyo Z, he made sure to have just...


Another Filipino will make waves in the B.League.  Juan Gómez de Liaño has signed with B.League Division 2 team Earth Friends Tokyo Z. The...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

After the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the Belgrade Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Gilas Pilipinas will have no rest as...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Brothers Juan and Javi Gómez de Liaño created beautiful magic on the court when the two played for Gilas Pilipinas during the Manama window...