Forthsky Padrigao starting to spread his wings in SEABA U16

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 14, 2017 05:04 PM
Forthsky Padrigao starting to spread his wings in SEABA U16
SOAR. Rence Padrigao wants to be called Forthsky - and we all better get used to hearing his unique name.

All eyes were on towering teen Kai Sotto as Batang Gilas began their campaign in the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship.

Once the Filipinos faced off and proceeded to impose their will on Singapore, however, it was the littlest guy among the starters who stood out.

Rence Padrigao, all five-foot and six-inches of him, was in complete control on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum and eventually ended with a do-it-all stat line of 14 points, six assists, four steals, three rebounds, and two blocks.

He was so in command that head coach Mike Oliver had to say, “Si (Rence), nadala niya talaga ynug team sa offense and defense.”

For reference, in his rookie season for Adamson High School in last season’s UAAP, he averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.1 rebounds.

Safe to say, the 15-year-old has been far from a known commodity in his short stint thus far in high school basketball.

Padrigao wasted no time in introducing himself in his first go-round for the Philippine national team, however. Asked about his eye-opening performance, he answered, “Sino-showcase ko lang po kung anong meron sa akin. Ine-express ko lang po yung nasa loob ko.”

More that the numbers, the transferee bound for Ateneo de Manila High School had something else he wanted to make known. “Mas kumportable po ako sa Forthsky,” he expressed, talking about his unique name.

While Rence is fine with him, Padrigao said his family and friends call him Forthsky.

Where did that come from? As it turns out, he was supposed to be the fourth to bear the same name as his great grandfather.

However, his lola did not approve. “Naging Forthsky na lang po para ma-satisfy pa rin (yung gusto) ng dad ko,” he said.

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