There’s a new Terrence in town – and he’s part of the future of NU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 10, 2018 07:58 PM
There’s a new Terrence in town – and he’s the future of NU
Terrence Fortea has been reppin' the blue and gold since he was in Grade 6

Terrence Fortea’s star continued to shine in the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship.

Along with Mac Guadana and Forthsky Padrigao, the 5-foot-10 guard served as the outside threat to the inside force of twin towers Kai Sotto and Raven Cortez for Batang Gilas.

Behind them, the Philippines is headed to the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in June. That will be the first time the country will be playing in the World Cup since 2014.

This, after Fortea nearly shot Nazareth School of National University to an unlikely championship over Ateneo de Manila High School.

It was NU’s feisty guard who strung three incredible plays together late in the do-or-die Game 3 that included a floater, a triple, and an assist that put the Bullpups on top by six inside the last five minutes.

Of course, the Blue Eaglets ultimately triumphed, but without a doubt, not before Fortea made them work for it.

With another Batang Gilas stint under his belt, the 16-year-old said his intangibles only continued to grow. “Yung disiplina po ang pinakanatutunan ko. Tapos kung pano maging team kasi kami, iba’t-ibang school e so kailangang matuto pano makikitungo sa mga ‘di mo kilala,” he shared.

Fortea plans to bring that mental growth, coupled with continued skills development, back to the Bullpups where he will now be one of the main men alongside fellow stalwart Rhayyan Amsali and newcomers Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo. “Mas magiging agredibo po ako. Ngayong year kasi, na-short kami,” he said.

He then continued, “Kaya gagamitin ko lang na learning experience yun.”

After all, he has grown from a streaky shooter who got inconsistent minutes to a reliable scorer who gets regular time to showcase his skills. “Sana po, tuloy-tuloy na. Pero kahit hindi po, dati pa man din, ginagawa ko naman na challenge yung ganun para umangat pa,” he said.

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