Ateneo’s Go: ‘When the game is on the line, you have to play’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 30, 2016 09:56 PM
Ateneo’s Go: ‘When game is on the line, you have to play'
BLOOD PACT. Isaac Go was not letting a bloodied nose stop him from seizing the day.

Ateneo de Manila University got the better of Far Eastern University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to make the Finals of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

A matchup that featured nine deadlocks and 21 lead changes, it was Isaac Go’s follow-up of a miss by teammate Matt Nieto that proved to be the difference for the Blue Eagles.

The second-year big man almost wasn’t on the floor in the endgame as blood rushed out of his nose following an inadvertent elbow from Prince Orizu in the middle of overtime.

Go spent more than a few moments face down on the court where a little blood was also spilled. Recalling how he felt at that moment, he shared post-game, “I think I just overreacted to the blood coming out. I think it seemed more painful because I already dove for the ball.”

It didn’t take long for the former Xavier School standout to make his return, however, and made an immediate impact in registering both the go-ahead basket and the challenge on the Tamaraws’ last attempt. “At that point in the game, it was winning time. There’s no point in getting out of the game because of injury,” he shared.

He then continued, “When the game is on the line, you have to play.”

Asked whose decision it was to field Go back in, coach Tab Baldwin answered, “The players make those decision. When I went over to Isaac, I said, ‘Is it broken’ and the doctor said it’s not. So I told Isaac, ‘Get back out there.’”

Get back out there, the 20-year-old did and came out to be the hero for Ateneo. “I never thought I’d get to this point, making the shot that would take us to the Finals,” he expressed, still amazed at all that happened.

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