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Jollo Go keeps warm in Marinero as he awaits Blackwater extension


The La Salle product came back to the Skippers after a brief stint with Blackwater in the Philippine Cup and quickly made a mark as he helped oust Centro Escolar University, 75-66, to book a spot in the semifinals.

A part of the starting unit, he finished with 17 points on three triples in a performance that made head coach Yong Garcia beam with pride.

“Masaya kami dahil nag-perform siya sa team,” said the seasoned mentor, who’s known Go ever since his Hope Christian days.

“Kahit nakapunta na siya ng PBA, ‘yung chance na makabalik para tumulong sa team, nandun pa rin. We’re so proud of Jollo and very thankful kami.”

Go couldn’t feel any more grateful to be back within Marinero’s graces, but he would definitely love for a call-up to the Bossing once again.

The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter signed during the tail-end of the club’s campaign in the ongoing all-Filipino conference. He played for two games and averaged 5.0 points, one assist, and one steal in over 11 minutes of action.

Go is still waiting for that call from Blackwater as he’s raring to prove his worth in the majors after strutting his stuff for just a short while.

“Actually, kinausap ako ni Coach Ariel [Vanguardia] sabi lang niya for last conference na maglalaro pero sabi niya depende sa ipapakita ko, if maconvince ko ‘yung management, ‘yung mga bosses nila if mae-extend ako,” said the third-round pick of Converge in the recent PBA Rookie Draft but was unsigned.

“Pero sa alam ko, I think may chance naman ata ako ma-extend.”

But while he awaits word from the Bossing, Go’s focus for now is to help the Skippers in their aspirations of winning a breakthrough D-League title.

“Hanggang walang final na nakaka-sign ako, sabi ko focus muna ako rito kasi nag-start ako rito and ayoko naman silang basta-basta iwan.”

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