Meet your Gilas Cadets: Isaac Go

One of amateur basketball’s unlikiest of heroes and stars. Six-foot- eight-inch center Isaac Go wasn’t even a high school all-star when he was playing for Xavier High School. His other teammates were more celebrated – Kyles Lao and Jarrell Lim who are now playing for UP, and Tyler Tio, his teammate now in Ateneo. Ironically, other centers who played the same position as him made bigger names for themselves – Arvin Tolentino of San Beda and John Apacible of Hope Christian High School. Once more
ironically, both became his teammates in Ateneo and Go played behind them.

More than three years later, Isaac has somewhat become a fan favorite if not a folk legend in Loyola Heights, Quezon City for Ateneo fans or basketball fans everywhere for his smart play and clutch shooting. He helped the Ateneo Blue Eagles to the past UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Championship and now, he’s on the Gilas Cadet pool.

“I think he’s an underrated defender,” noted Gilas Cadets head coach Jong Uichico. “In the past two years, he’s made a name for himself for his three-point shooting, but if you watch closely, he defends well. He understands how to defend and to funnel his man into a trap or double team; or even to take a shot that he doesn’t want.”

“And there’s his passing. Good qualities for a big man.”
“My failures are my motivations,” bared Go. “Being on the bench. Not getting much
playing time. Making mistakes. Not winning.”

In his freshman year in college, Go played for Ateneo Team B. “While most players look at being on Team B as a death sentence, I always thought it was an opportunity because the players here still have a chance to move up,” theorized Go. “There’s less pressure here, and you’re also playing against opponents who will move up to their Team As. If you don’t seize the opportunity,