Isaac Go just went 'Atin 'to, papasok 'to' for Ateneo
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 22, 2017 09:07 PM
REDEMPTION. Isaac Go's miss played a part in Ateneo's loss to DLSU - more than a week later, his makes played a part in his team's triumph over FEU.
Isaac Go missed a shot that would have lifted Ateneo de Manila University over De La Salle University in the last game of eliminations of the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Down by one with 12.6 ticks to go on the clock, the Blue Eagles perfectly executed the play drawn up by coach Tab Baldwin and inbounder Anton Asistio had a wide open Go near the basket.
And so, Asistio inbounded to Go.
The good look turned bad, however, and the six-foot-six center got bothered by an oncoming Ben Mbala.
The semi-hook, a shot he usually makes good on, missed and not long after, Mbala and the Green Archers completed a comeback win.
That prevented an elimination round sweep by Go and the Katipunan-based squad.
More than a week later, he was given another golden opportunity to come through.
With Ateneo staring at a three-point deficit with 14.5 seconds remaining, Baldwin designed a play for Go.
This time around, the 21-year-old made his shot – a triple that sent the game into overtime where Matt Nieto then took over.
Final score read 88-84 in favor of the Finals-bound Blue Eagles.
Afterward, he kidded that during that timeout, he channeled his inner Paul Desiderio. “Gusto ko sanang parang kay Paul e, na ‘Atin ‘to, pare,’” he said to the jeers of teammates Matt and Mike Nieto who were in the post-win interview with him.
As it turns out, however, it was Baldwin himself who had an “Atin ‘to, papasok ‘to” moment. “Coach Tab made a great play – one of the options of that play was for Isaac to shoot that three. Actually, before coach Tab drew (up) anything, he already told Isaac, ‘You’re gonna make this three,’” coach Sandy Arespacochaga shared.
He then continued, “That’s what happened.”
Indeed, Go did not let Baldwin down. “That just shows how coach Tab trusts the work we put in. we’ve put hours and hours of work for that one moment so we have to dig deep. Coach Tab had more confidence in me than I had in myself,” he said.
He then continued, “If it wasn’t for his belief in me, maybe it wouldn’t have gone in.”
That is exactly why even though he missed his shot against DLSU, he said that his confidence remained sky-high when it came to his shot against FEU. “At the end of the day, even though I missed that shot, basketball is just a game. Win or lose, we still get to go home, we still get to live our lives. We don’t die or anything if we lose the game.,” he shared.
He then continued, “My friends, family, teammates, and coaches just kept encouraging me. That carried over to today.”
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