Redemption so sweet as Isaac Go hits big shot with Ateneo season on the brink
Isaac Go hit a huge trey over the outstretched arms of Richard Escoto. Marlo Cueto

ISAAC Go got a second shot at sending Ateneo to the UAAP Season 80 finals, just over a week after missing a shot that would’ve sent the Blue Eagles straight to the championship series.

He made sure this time.

With Ateneo's season on the brink on Wednesday night, the Ateneo big man hit the biggest shot of his UAAP career so far as his three-pointer with 8.5 seconds to go forced overtime.

“Gusto ko sana parang kay Paul (Desiderio) e, sasabihin ko, ‘Atin to pare,’” Go said in jest after the top-seeded Blue Eagles pulled off an 88-84 win over the Tamaraws in overtime. “I think I just got a good shot fake, Richard (Escoto) jumped, I got a clear look at the basket so I took it.”

His late-game heroics more than made up for a flubbed attempt at a potential game-winner against La Salle that had the Blue Eagles falling short of an elims sweep - and an outright spot in the finals.

The 6-foot-7 Go started off well this time, firing eight points in the first half. He was held scoreless up until that final play where he popped off a screen for Matt Nieto before getting the ball back for that big three.

Not only did Go send the game into overtime, he also wrapped things up with a backbreaking putback with 22.4 seconds to go while he was sprawled on the floor to give the Blue Eagles an 87-82 lead.

“That just shows how coach Tab trusts us and the work that we’ve put in. We’ve been playing since January. We’ve been putting hours and hours of work for that one moment,” said Go.

“We had to dig deep in all those months of preparation for that one shot. And not just one shot, everybody’s shot. Months of preparation was put into this game,” he added.

The 21-year-old big man admitted feeling down after his endgame blunder in their final game of the elimination round but ultimately thanked the people around him who never gave up on him.

“I was able to go through it with the help of my friends, family, teammates and coaching staff, everyone just giving support,” said Go

“I don’t think I’ll be able to cope with it but they kept on encouraging me na, ‘Okay lang yan, we’ll get it back.’ They’re still encouraging me to take those shots and that carried over today when coach Tab believed in me taking that shot.” 


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