Ateneo's Go caps off emergence with Player of the Week nod
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2016 12:03 PM
NICE TO KNOW YOU. George Go has, at long last, steadied the center position for Ateneo.
Ateneo de Manila University has the second twice-to-beat incentive within its grasp.
After falling to neighbor University of the Philippines, the cagers from Loyola are riding a five-game winning streak heading into their final assignment in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament’s elimination round.
One of the key cogs in the Blue Eagles’ late-season surge is third-year center Isaac Go. The 6-foot-7 stretch big man started the week with a 14-point, seven-rebound outing against defending champion Far Eastern University.
During the pivotal game that helped separate them from the Tamaraws in the standings, he scored seven points in the final frame that quelled any comeback attempt.
Gaining confidence, he was then able to notch his career-high against University of Sto. Tomas. The 20-year-old center dropped a game-high 15 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to send the Growling Tigers packing with a 74-64 win.
Go’s string of stellar performances landed him the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week for November 7 to 13, the second straight time an Ateneo player won the weekly plum after Aaron Black.
He bested Adamson University’s Jonathan Espeleta, De La Salle University’s Jeron Teng and Kib Montalbo, and University of the East's Philip Manalang for the weekly award.
For Go, he is just paying back the confidence given to him by his coaches and teammates. “It’s the confidence that my coaches and my teammates give me that is important. When they put me in, they tell me that I can do something, they know that I’ll make the right play,” the Xavier School product said.
Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin though is not surprised with the number of players stepping up for his team.
“Our team is full of good players. They’ve developed through the course of the season,” the American-Kiwi mentor said. “They’ve developed confidence in one another and we try to take what the defense gives us. That explains why different players are probably featured in different games.”