With 30 seconds left in Game 3 of UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball Finals, the Ateneo Blue Eagles was holding onto a precarious 82-80 lead over the defending champions, the De La Salle Green Archers. Thirdy Ravena drove the lane and was met by Ben Mbala, Ricci Rivero, and Kib Montalbo.
Shot clock winding down, the ADMU forward wasn't about to play hero ball, and passed to teammate Isaac Go, who was 19 feet away from the hoop—a spot unusual for a big man. Only the latter wasn't your ordinary player, and once again he came through for Ateneo in the clutch:
After the buzzer sounded, the Blue Eagles had dethroned DLSU, Ravena was Finals MVP, and Go had added another winning story to his already fabled collegiate basketball legend.
"Everybody thinks that I’m clutch because I’m making shots at that moment. But without the execution of the coaching staff, without their brains, without the recognition of my teammates, without them, I won’t have had the opportunity to take the shot," Go was quoted by SPIN.ph.
But this wasn't the first time the humble center saved ADMU's campaign. On the heels of a missed shot that cost his team an elimination round sweep, Go redeemed himself with a pair of heroics in the semis do-or-die game against the FEU Tamaraws.
In the opening match of the championship series, he sealed the deal off another unselfish play from Ravena. Despite 11 points from Go, Ateneo couldn't prevent a spirited rally from La Salle in the next outing, which forced the winner-take-all on Sunday.
Turns out, the additional 40 minutes proved to be an extra page in the UAAP history books, a fresh opportunity for the former "big, fat kid" to cement his legacy as part of the Blue Eagles' One Big Fight.