Bullpups’ tears can only turn into a title next season

Bullpups’ tears can only turn into a title next season
Coming oh so close to taking down once undefeated Ateneo, NU will only be better next season.

Terrence Fortea was fighting back tears after seeing Nazareth School of National University’s six-point lead in the last five minutes morph into a four-point deficit.

The Bullpups would battle back and still tie the tally, but ultimately, would fall to Ateneo de Manila High School in the winner-take all Game 3 of the Finals.

Asked about his moment on the bench, he answered, “Maganda na kumpyansa namin nun, pero iniisip ko lang na ‘di pa tapos talaga. Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘di muna magse-celebrate.”

It was the feisty guard who had an amazing sequence that included a floater, a triple, and an assist that put the Bullpups on top, 54-48.

However, it was also him who had a missed three and a turnover that allowed the Blue Eaglets to snatch away the lead and the momentum they would never relinquish.

And so, after the game, after NU surrendered the title to Ateneo, Fortea let his emotions out, at long last.

The tears, as it turns out, were not necessarily because they just lost the championship.

It was all because this season, a season in which the new-look Bullpups had just come together, has met its end. “Months lang kaming nagkabuo tas ganun narrating namin. Yung Ateneo pa, natalo namin,” he said.

He then continued, “Kala nga namin, mananalo talaga kami, na-short talaga e.”

Fortea and NU had a new head coach in Goldwin Monteverde. This, after six seasons under the tutelage of multi-titled mentor Jeff Napa.

Clearly, though, they didn’t take long to get together and found themselves taking the dominant Blue Eaglets to the limit.

With the tears, also comes a fierier desire to bounce back next season. “Gutom na gutom kami dahil sa nangyari,” Fortea expressed.

How hungry, you ask? “Bukas pa lang, magre-ready na kami for next season,” he said.

Watch out UAAP, Terrence Fortea can only get better – and he is bound take the Bullpups along for the ride.


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