Terrence gonna Terrence? NU's Fortea believes his shot will drop sooner than later

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 13, 2019 06:21 PM
NU's Fortea believes his shot will drop sooner than later
Terrence Fortea is leading his team in scoring, but knows full well his shooting mark can do with an uptick

Terrence Fortea shares the same name with Terrence Romeo.

At the same time, Terrence Fortea shares the same game with Terrence Romeo.

A scintillating scorer who gets many of his points after dances he does with his opponents, the Nazareth School of National University Bullpup very much deserves to have his name said in the same breath as that of the San Miguel Beerman.

After all, super scorer Terrence Fortea was a key cog in the Bullpups last championship in 2016 and continues to be a key cog as well in their continued contention after.

In the ongoing UAAP 81 Juniors, though, the shots have not been falling for the 5-foot-10 guard – not the way they usually do, at the very least.

Fortea has been averaging a team-best 14.4 points per game, but is only shooting 28 percent from the field.

More pointedly, he has been struggling both from outside the arc (22-of-82) and inside the arc (13-of-43).

Nonetheless, the Bullpups’ coaches only want him to keep playing his game. “Sabi sa akin nila coach na wag mawawala kumpyansa ko. ‘Di porket ‘di sumu-shoot, wala na. Dapat kada game, next play lang parati,” he said.

Indeed, he did just that as in their most recent outing, a triumph over defending champion Ateneo de Manila High School, the 18-year-old sprinkled 15 shots throughout the game and made good on five.

No doubt, there’s much room for his shot to improve, but in the meantime, Fortea knows full well there’s much more he can do for his team. “Lagi akong nire-remind nila coach na yung mga kalaban, ‘di lang isa gagawin sa akin. Kailangan, i-counter ko lang mga ginagawa nila mapa-score man yun o mapapasa,” he said.

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