Finals hero Isaac Go says entire Ateneo team is ‘clutch’
Isaac Go has displayed many attributes that make him not just a good basketball player, but also as a better human being.
And one of those is his humility.
“I’m just lucky to get an opportunity to play for Ateneo,” said Go after producing another one of his late-game heroics in the Blue Eagles’ 88-86 title-clincher over De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Go sunk the dagger three with 24.7 seconds left in the game that gave Ateneo the 85-80 lead, making the play his fourth clutch moment in the playoffs of the UAAP.
His first two came in the Final Four in their 88-84 win over Far Eastern University when he sent the game to overtime with a three-pointer and the other one was an improbable kneeling shot in the extra frame.
The third was in the first game of the championship round when he converted on a three-point play that closed out Ateneo’s 76-70 victory.
And Go’s greatest shot in Season 80 came in the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, the co-founder of the Society of Jesus with St. Ignatius De Loyola.
“I hit one today, and it was actually the feast day of St. Francis Xavier so maybe he had a hand in it,” said Go, who drilled the three-pointer off a Thirdy Ravena pass.
“Everybody thinks I’m clutch because I’m making shots at that moment but without the execution of the coaching staff, without their brains, and without the recognition of my teammates, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to take the shot in the first place. So if you call me clutch, it’s better to say the team is clutch.”
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