Ateneo’s Isaac Go holds down fort up against Mbala

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 05, 2016 09:06 PM
Ateneo’s Isaac Go holds down fort up against Mbala
SHOW YOURSELF. Isaac Go almost played Ben Mbala into a stalemate.

De La Salle University’s Ben Mbala remains far and away, the frontrunner for MVP in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For the first time, however, the Cameroonian was unable to lift the Green Archers to a win.

The combination of Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and G-Boy Babilonia were able to do something that neither Alfred Aroga nor Papi Sarr had been able to – prevent Mbala from imposing his will and powering his team through anything and everything.

The Ateneo de Manila University frontline shackled DLSU’s powerhouse to only, for his high standards, 17 points and 15 rebounds. They also frustrated him into turning the ball over seven times.

Nothing but proud with how important their unheralded big man were in their big-time win against their archrivals, head coach Tab Baldwin said, “All of our big men played well. They were physical, they stood their ground and that’s what you have to do with Ben.”

In particular, the Blue Eagles’ coaching staff said that Isaac Go provided an unexpected yet much-needed boost for them. As Arespacochaga put it, “He held down the fort for us and that allowed a couple of our players a time to rest.”

Not only that, Baldwin also pointed out that the second-year center also produced at the other end. “He played big and got rebounds. He played intelligently by being the outlet when we were under pressure,” he said.

He also added, “His minutes were important.”

Indeed, Go impressed with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench in 23 minutes on the floor.

For his part, the six-foot-seven big man said he was only making the most of the opportunity to play in the country’s most prominent rivalry. “Getting a chance to play in Ateneo-La Salle is beyond blessing. Of course, I also had help from my family,” he shared.

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