BROTHERS Gian and Isaac Go dreamt of playing together in the UAAP.
Now one is helping the other reach new heights.
While Gian is no longer eligible to play after spending his final year with Ateneo Team B, he has focused on helping brother Isaac succeed as a member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles' support staff.
Isaac has become one of the most improved players in the Blue Eagles' lineup this season, and seeing his younger brother do well has been just as rewarding an experience for Gian.
“It was a dream of mine to play basketball. Although I wasn’t physically able to play inside the court, just seeing him (Isaac) excelling and contributing, it’s very rewarding as a brother,” said Gian.
Gian shared it was actually him who was first got interested in basketball at a young age, so he forced Isaac to play the sport as well so that he can have someone to play with.
“We started out as kids. I had to force him to play basketball because I didn’t have anyone to play with. He didn’t love the sport. He didn’t excel in it and at times, he was having difficulties with it,” said Gian.
But as they grew older, Isaac grew even taller, and it became apparent that Gian’s younger brother had the potential to get to the next level.
That was when Gian helped him until his younger brother made it to Xavier School and eventually Ateneo.
“I’m happy that it bore fruit because he is really a tall player. No one expected him to be here. We stuck through it and it’s humbling to see that the fruit of our labor is there,” said Gian.
The 6-foot-6 Isaac said he is happy that his brother is by his side not only off the court but during games, saying that he has been one of the reasons for his improved play.
“Having your brother by your side, he will always have the best interest for you,” Isaac said. “Even though he is not playing, seeing me play, it brings joy to him."
Isaac said his 'smart' brother has been a big help in more ways than one.
“My brother is a smart person. He sees a lot of things that I don’t see especially because we are playing and our vision is limited. He sees the whole play," said the Ateneo slotman.
"He gets me ready for my games. He prepares scouting reports and he gives me additional information aside from the coaches. It’s a morale boost knowing he got my back.
“At the end of the day, if I play good or bad, he is still there,” said Isaac.
While Isaac has become a fixture in head coach Tab Baldwin's rotation, he finds joy seeing big brother become a key part of the team, although in role different from what he envisioned.
“At least, puwede na niyang sabihin na umabot na siya sa UAAP as coach,” Isaac said.