MVP a pleasant surprise, but Isaac Go's eyes still on the championship prize

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 24, 2019 04:06 PM
MVP a pleasant surprise, but Go's eyes still on the prize
Isaac Go has won his second MVP award in 2019 (Photo courtesy of PBA Images)

Isaac Go has been recognized as the MVP of the 2019 PBA D-League.

The Ateneo de Manila University stalwart was adjudged the tournament's top individual player among a fine field that also included teammate Thirdy Ravena as well as the Valencia-San Sebastian awesome twosome of Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan.

Go's averages weren't eye-popping by themselves, but his presence was, without a doubt, key to the Cignal-Ateneo's flight to the Finals where they now stand one win away from the championship.

Still, the 22-year-old was the first to acknowledge that, with his per game counts of 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, he did not expect the MVP at all. "When they were announcing the nominees (for MVP), I didn’t really expect to be called. Then I got called and I was like, okay," he shared.

He then continued, "And then, boom! I was even more surprised they called me again as the winner."

Make no mistake about it, though, Go is nothing but thankful. "I think it's nice to have and it was a nice surprise to have this. As you saw, I was shocked that I got it," he said.

At the same time, however, the 6-foot-8 big man made it clear that being the top individual player never mattered for him - or for all the Blue Eagles, for that matter. As he put it, "I feel blessed, but this is just one step towards the goal. It was never my goal to win this."

He then continued, "My goal was always to win the championship, improve as a player, and always put my best foot forward. This is just a bonus."

That is exactly why Go reminded everybody that he and his teammates still have their sights set on wrapping up the championship in Game 4 of the best-of-five series on Tuesday. "I will enjoy this, but then again, we have another game. We will still be focused for that," he said.

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