WINNING simply motivates Mark Isip, who refused to say that Barako Bull’s opening 88-75 victory in the PBA Philippine Cup against Air21 on Wednesday night was a way to prove the team’s doubters wrong.
“Sa amin, especially sa akin, it’s not really important what the perspective, the ideas, or what the others are saying,” the Energy Cola power forward said in light of netizens questioning the team’s offseason deals.
“Ang importante close yung circle namin sa team at business namin is to play basketball.”
For Isip, who shone brightest offensively against the Express with 16 points in 28 minutes, the maiden win that put them on top with opening-night winners Barangay Ginebra, defending champion Talk 'N Text, and Rain or Shine, simply reflects the effort he and his teammates have put in during the offseason.
“It means that we put in the work and we reap the benefits of it,” Isip said, gamely answering questions from reporters.
Already in his eighth year in the pros, the 31-year-old Far Eastern University product still has the same gusto as when he was picked sixth overall in the 2006 rookie draft.
“Sarap maglaro ng basketball,” Isip beamed. “We’re in the grandest stage. People are coming out of their way to watch us play. And in a way 'yung talent ay binigay sa amin ni God. So glory sa kanya.”
“At nakaka-provide kami ng masarap na meal para sa family namin,” he added.