Go saves day for Duterte cagers

Secretary Bong Go is used to being the country’s silent “lifesaver.” That role, he polished playing basketall.

On Friday night, President Duterte’s chief aide played lifesaver again for his team, banking three straight buckets from beyond the arc to force a 93-93 deadlock in Game 8 of the Duterte-IBP Friendly Series at the Genesis 88 Gym.

Team Duterte, which remained unbeaten and leads the series with 7 wins, was down by a huge 17-point deficit but patiently clawed its way back to life.

Go, who topscored anew with 48 points, sank six triples in the game but it was the last three straight that saved what could have been its first loss at the hands of the Legal Eagles.

Go teamed up with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary Mark Villar, Rep. Lord Velasco and Prresidential Assistant for Sports Glenn Escandor to carry the fight for Team Duterte.

With the spitfirish Go hitting his stride, Team Duterte slowly ate away the lead of IBP, which came out with a monster game and were on the threshold of tasting its first win in the series.

Armand Dioso, Chok Cadiogan and Gil Ciudadano paced with 25, 21 and 20 in that order for IBP.

Eugene Labor had 17 for Team Duterte.

Go, who is averaging a 42.8 clip with at least 7 treys a game, stepped up big time for the undermannedTeam Duterte.

Six of the 7 games in the series were decided by less than 5 points. Three games ended with a hairline deficit.