UAAP Finals: Ateneo's Isaac Go adds another clutch shot to his growing highlight reel
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 03, 2017 09:10 PM
Let's revisit Go's best moments in crunch time.
Throughout the season, Ateneo has been the best example of what an actual team should be, but it's simply unwise to brush off Blue Eagle Isaac Go's clutch hits as a fluke.
Last November 22, during the do-or-die game of the UAAP season 80 men's basketball tournament Final Four between Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University, Eagles big man Isaac Go hit, what many called at the time, the biggest shot of his career.
Here it is:
After outgunning everyone all season long, the Blue Eagles suddenly found themselves backed against a corner by a rejuvenated FEU team.
Facing a three-point deficit with 14.5 seconds remaining and looking at a disappointing early exit right in the eyes, Go, without any hesitation, stepped up to drill the three-pointer to force overtime.
Ateneo restored order in added time with the help of another clutch bucket by Go, who made the shot while basically on the floor:
The win paved the way for Finals rematch against their bitter rival De La Salle University.
Last November 25, during Game 1 of the UAAP season 80 men's basketball tournament Finals, Isaac Go again made headlines by bravely finishing a layup, against season MVP Ben Mbala, no less, off a fine pass by Ateneo teammate Thirdy Ravena to draw first blood in the title series.
This, of course, was a fitting end to the game, as it was also Go who missed a crucial basket for Ateneo in their last elimination game against La Salle, again with the hulking Mbala on defense.
Go made sure it counted that time.
And during Game 3 of the UAAP Finals, it was, again, Isaac Go who sealed the Blue Eagles' fate to win the championship via a cold-blooded three-pointer.
Asked about his unshakeable confidence in taking shots that would make a normal person's knees buckle, Go had a profound answer:
"It's the 'next-man [up]' mentality because Coach Tab understands that one of our strengths as a team is our bench our deep bench," Go explained to S+A commentator Boom Gonzalez during the post-game interview.
"He could pull us at any moment, and we're ready to play and make the right decision. It just happened to be me today, but in other games, it's other people," Go adds.