Ateneo's Isaac Go makes noise again in the UAAP
Danine Cruz on Nov 04, 2018 08:27 PM
"That is our goal, to not make one individual player glorified, but the whole team glorified." - Isaac Go
Isaac Go was the talk of the town for his late-game heroics for Ateneo de Manila University in UAAP Season 80. From his iconic clutch shot versus Far Eastern University in the Final Four to his dagger three during their championship game against the De La Salle University, Go made a grand account of himself.
However, come Season 81, Go has been having a quiet season offensively. Before Sunday, he only averaged 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.
But in their latest game versus contender Adamson University, Go had a breakthrough and led Ateneo's offense. He posted his season high of 12 points and seven rebounds.
As usual though, Go deflected all credit to his brothers.
"As you can see a lot of my baskets came off, I think, all came from assists. Even though I've shot 20-percent from the three, something like that, they don't care, they still find me the ball," Go shared.
One of the reasons why Go had a more subtle role this season for Ateneo is the blossoming of his mentee big man Angelo Kouame. It is no secret that Go has been teaching the tricks of the trade to the foreign student-athlete from Ivory Coast.
But Go was also on the receiving end of a challenge: he needs to create for himself too.
"Coach [Tab Baldwin] challenged me to produce more, as much as I can do the mentor role, you have to still remember who you are as a player," said the fourth-year player, "As much I'd like to teach Ange, you should also contribute yourself. That is the challenge of the coaching staff, produce, give us numbers, find a reason for us to play you more."
He delivered in front of a big Ateneo crowd in the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Plus, it was against one of the strong contenders in the seaosn, Adamson.
"We know that Adamson is a really strong team, Final Four contender. They beat us is in the first round game. This is a team that has been three years down the line under Coach Franz [Pumaren], and we should expect kasi three years is the gap when you expect the team to blossom and I think they put up a really good fight," he said.
Ultimately, Go thinks that his performance is just the manifestation of Ateneo's next man up mentality.
"As you've seen through the course of this season, it has been Ange, it's been Matt (Nieto), it's been Thirdy (Ravena), it's been SJ, everybody. It just so happen that it happened to me today. That is our goal, to not make one individual player glorified, but the whole team glorified," Go said.
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