Nine things you should know about Ateneo’s Isaac Go(AT)
Isaac Go has turned into quite the folk hero for Ateneo
Ateneo de Manila University’s ninth championship was built on a total team effort.
The Blue Eagles drew contributions from all over their roster – from Thirdy Ravena to Gian Mamuyac, from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio, and from Chibueze Ikeh to Raffy Verano.
Among them, though, nobody figured in more memorable moments than Isaac Go.
For being a big part of Katipunan’s ninth title, let us give ourselves nine facts we should know about the man they now fondly call Isaac Go(AT).
This isn’t the first time he proved his clutch credentials
Isaac Go had a hand in Ateneo’s do-or-die semifinals win against Far Eastern University, Finals Game 1 triumph over De La Salle University, and winner-take-all Finals Game 3 conquest over the Green Archers.
This wasn’t the first time he has found himself right in the middle of big-time plays, however.
In fact, Ateneo’s Finals appearance a year ago was all thanks to Go who made good on a follow-up in the dying seconds of the knockout semifinals versus the Tamaraws.
That make lifted the Blue Eagles onto the championship round and should be considered as the origins of their newest folk hero.
And oh, just for good measure, he hit that shot with a bloodied nose.
But… he prefers if you won’t call him clutch.
Time and again, Isaac Go has proven his clutch credentials on the biggest of stages and under the brightest of lights.
Still, he has also, time and again, proven his humility by deflecting to his coaches and teammates.
His reaction on his championship-sealing triple in Game 3? “Everybody thinks that I’m clutch because I’m making shots at that moment, but without the execution of the coaching staff and the recognition of my teammates, I won’t have the opportunity to take the shot,” he said.
He then continued, “If you say I’m clutch, it’s better to say the team is clutch.”
He’s taking BS Management of Applied Chemistry – and he’s already putting his studies to good use
Isaac Go is in the latter stages of his studies and his course isn’t something you usually associate with student-athletes – Bachelor of Science in Management of Applied Chemistry.
And he is already, well, managing applied chemistry with X-Stink Cleaning Spray.
According to the product’s Facebook page, it is a “portable toilet cleaning solution.”
Go and his groupmates are already going around bazaars with their pride – so who knows, they just may be hitting one near you!
Come and support X-Stink! The portable toilet cleaner! pic.twitter.com/2yS83VJPOv— Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 22, 2017
At first, coach Tab Baldwin referred to him as “the big, fat kid”
When seasoned mentor Tab Baldwin took over Ateneo in 2016, their frontcourt was far from fortified.
“When I joined the organization, I looked around and said, ‘What do we have for big men?’ Everybody pointed at G-Boy (Babilonia) and (Chibueze) Ikeh,” he told reporters in an earlier interview.
Babilonia was serviceable at best while Ikeh was yet to develop.
There was another big man on their lineup, however. “Nobody said anything about Isaac and I said, ‘What about the big, fat kid over there,’ Baldwin recalled.
Yes, Baldwin once referred to Isaac Go as the “big, fat kid.”
Little did both know that together, the seasoned mentor and the 250 lbs promise of a player, they will help the Blue Eagles become king once again.
He lost all that weight by letting go… of rice
Weighing 250 lbs, Isaac Go was once, indeed, the “big, fat kid.”
Now, however, he walks around at no more than 235 lbs – just enough to bang with the likes of Ben Mbala while also staying agile for a big man.
How did he do it? With the no-rice diet.
As coach Tab Baldwin tells it, “I told Isaac, ‘You’re not gonna eat rice anymore.’”
It wasn’t easy at first, though, not at all. “ And he said, ‘But my mom will get upset with me if I don’t eat rice.’ And I told him, ‘I’m already upset with you that you’re telling me that,’” Baldwin shared.
Good thing Go overcame his fear of his mom getting upset!
Commuting time = thinking time— Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 27, 2017
Morning cardio: Run from the lrt station to class 😂😭— Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Setyembre 15, 2017
He was once a member of Batang Gilas (technically, it’s earlier iteration)
Isaac Go has played for the Philippine national team – the Under-16 basketball team, to be exact.
Called Energen Pilipinas, that was the forebearer of what is now known as Batang Gilas.
Go teamed up with the likes of J-Jay Alejandro, Andrei Caracut, Kyles Lao, Prince Rivero, and Arvin Tolentino and was coached by Olsen Racela in that squad that competed internationally in 2011.
He feels strongly about the environment
He’s a Xavier Golden Stallion, but his game is not at all like the Tengs’
Xavier has produced great guards in Chris Tiu and Joseph Yeo as well as fine forwards in Jeric and Jeron Teng.
Apparently, the Golden Stallions can also produce bigs with the size and skill of Isaac Go.
With that, Ateneo now has another thing they can thank St. Francis Xavier for.