PBA: Cardell believes Terafirma has made the right choice for Xavi by swapping his top pick

Xavi Gomez de Liano - FIBA

Xavi Gomez de Liano – FIBA

No. 2 Pick Away Deal After all it may have some qualifications.

Xavi Gomez de Liano turned out to be a very good performer in a friendly match against Northport on Friday morning.

And head coach Jonadel Cardell firmly believes it will not end.

“Xavi is doing well. He has been with us for two days. This morning, he scored 23 points in a 13-point victory, ”the DIP coach told Inquirer.

“He’s a really high quality player,” he added.

Gomez de Liano, the No. 8 pick in Sunday’s rookie draft, was injured in Terafirma after a stunning trade that saw Dyip ship No. 2 overall pick Jeremiah Gray, a guaranteed contributor, perennial title contender and crowd favorite.

The decision, which is rarely used in the case of Brian Enriquez, is because Terafirma has decided that it cannot wait for the injured Gray (knee).

“We thought he’d be fine with that (Al-Filipino),” he said. “But he is due to be released in February. We can’t wait that long. “

In Gomez de Liano, Terafirma has acquired a versatile player who can play in multiple positions. As Cardell put it, “He could be 2, a 3 or a 4. [Matt Ganuelas-]Roser and [Roosevelt] Adams. He can also fill those positions. “

With the former University of the Philippines standing out at its disposal, Cardell’s starting unit now looks like this: Xuami Tingson in the point guard, Joshua Munzon in the shooting guard, Gomez de Liano or Andreas Cahillig in the forward spots, and then Il হয়s Bেকr্রs. Go to the middle depending on the enemy lineup.

“We are hoping for six wins – six wins that will take us to the quarter-finals,” he said.

Terafirma finished with just four wins in the last All-Filipino showcase and had to leave the playoffs to other clubs. Dyip eventually misses the quarterfinals, as they were third behind Barangay Geneva and Phoenix in the quotient method, arguing for the No. 8 seed.

Cardell thinks Giles Cadet will enjoy playing for Gomez de Liano Terafirma.

“Here, he will be given a chance. He will get a good portion of the minutes, ”he said.

“You have seen this team. We don’t have any superstars, “he added. “Of course I can’t bring them to the championship, but I think I can help the players improve.”

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