ISAAC Go showed a big heart on Wednesday, scoring the marginal basket for Ateneo just moments after being left bloodied by a wayward elbow in overtime against Far Eastern University.
Go scored on a follow-up basket with 1:24 left in overtime which proved enough for Ateneo to escape with a 69-68 win over FEU and seal a first finals showdown with La Salle since 2008.
The 6-6 sophomore admitted he was alarmed as blood flowed from his nose, moments after a fierce rebound play that saw FEU big man Prince Orizu hit him, albeit accidentally.
But Go said quitting never crossed his mind, more so after doctors took a quick look at the injury and determined that it wasn’t as serious as initially feared.
“I was just a bit sore. I just overreacted with the blood coming out. I knew that we need to stay in the game. At that point, it was winning time. You have to set aside whatever (injury)," said Go, who sat out his rookie year with Ateneo after suffering an ACL injury.
"When the game is on the line, you have to play,” Go added.
A pool of blood spilled on the floor after the play. But a resolute Go got back on the floor as soon as the bleeding stopped.
“The players make those decisions,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin on Go's decision to get back in the game.
“I went over him and I asked the doctors if it’s broken and they said no. I said, ‘Get back other there.’” He said he’ll let the bleeding stop.”
Go, younger brother of Ateneo Team B player Gian, finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks as the Blue Eagles booked its first trip to the finals since 2012.