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Gomez De Liaño stays for late shootaround after first practice as Gilas pool player

Juan Gomez De Liaño stayed for some shootaround after Gilas practice. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Twenty-one players--11 seniors and 10 cadets--took part in the first Gilas practice for 2018 at the Meralco Gym on Monday night.

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But just as everyone was beginning to head home, one player opted to stay for some late night shootaround.

And he turns out to be a cadet.

Juan Gomez De Liaño still shot some triples and free throws barely an hour after the practice was over.

On why he decided to make the most of his first day with the cadets crew by staying for another set of shooting, the reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year told Dugout Philippines, "I just want to get better each day. That's my mentality."

About his first day with Gilas Cadets, the former Batang Gilas stalwart said, "I'm so thankful and blessed to get an opportunity to be able to play and train with these guys. It's really exciting to play for Coach Chot and the Gilas team."

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