Isaac Go didn’t fully get to guard Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic when Gilas Pilipinas played the host team during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
But he did get to learn a thing or two on the kind of player the 7-foot-4 center is that makes him thrive with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA.
The 6-foot-7 Go, selected no. 1 overall by Terrafirma in the 2019 PBA special draft, describes the Serbian as ‘really big and strong.’
“I had minimal run-ins with him. I had a few run-ins with him, but never really had a chance to guard him one-on-one,” he said of Marjanovic, a former All-EuroLeague First Team member who’s been with the Serbian men’s team since 2011.
Gilas teammates Kai Sotto and Ange Kouame alternated on taking the 32-year-old Marjanovic, who did most of the damage in Serbia’s close 83-76 win over the Filipinos during their game at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgrade.
Marjanovic, undrafted in the NBA but had stints with the Spurs, Pistons, Clippers, and 76ers, before his current stopover with the Mavericks, finished with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, while scoring on back-to-back baskets in the final 63 seconds of the game that restored back the poise for a veteran Serbian side that was on the verge of being upset by the young and raw team from the Philippines.