Isaac Go out for the PBA season due to an ACL tear

Isaac Go will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. (PBA Images)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

Terrafirma Dyip’s superstar big man Isaac Go will be out for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup conference and probably the whole 2022 season.

During the Dyip’s game against the NorthPort Batang Pier, the former Gilas Pilipinas young cadet had a bad landing after grabbing the rebound during a scramble for the ball off a free throw.

Go landed awkwardly on his right leg which was later diagnosed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) right knee injury.

This will be a huge blow for the Terrafirma franchise after having back top pick Joshua Munzon from injury and is expected to form a 1-2 punch with Go at the start of the season.

Terrafirma already lost two games in a row in the ongoing PBA PHL Cup but drew positive signs from the close losses against the veteran NLEX Road Warriors team and head coach Pido Jarencio’s NorthPort team.

The Dyip led in the first three-quarters of both games but just couldn’t maintain their lead to the finish line that allowed the more experienced NLEX and NorthPort team to shut them down in the clutch.

Aside from a torn ACL in his right knee, the MRI results also showed that Go suffered a medial collateral ligament and meniscus tear.

There is no definite timetable for Go’s return to the PBA hardwood but ACL and MLC injuries usually take at least eight-nine months of full rehabilitation.

Aside from Go, Terrafirma also lost one of its veterans as scoring machine Ed Daquiaog was also ruled out for the season due to a fractured right leg.

The gruesome injury happened during the fifth-minute mark of the third quarter when the savvy guard out of UST contested Robert Bolick’s pass but fell awkwardly and twisted his whole right knee.

With Go and Daquiaog out for the rest of the conference, it will be up to the rest of the guys to step up and help their team earn their first win of the season.