UAAP Jrs: Suspension fuels Terrence Fortea's hot hands

Philip Matel on Feb 15, 2019 04:11 PM
UAAP Jrs: Suspension fuels Terrence Fortea's hot hands
Fortea made the game look like target practice, scoring a career-high 30 points, all coming in the first three quarters.

The NU Bullpups are in the UAAP Juniors' Basketball Finals for the eighth straight time, thanks primarily to the scintillating shooting display of guard Terrence Fortea.

Fortea made the game look like target practice, scoring a career-high 30 points, all coming in the first three quarters. 

He was also efficient at it, hitting 9 of his 17 attempts, including 7 of 14 from beyond three-point distance in the Bullpups' 94-72 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons.

Coach Goldwin Monteverde praised Fortea for a tireless effort every time he steps on the floor, whether in practice or in the actual game.

"He really played well talaga. kumbaga day in day out naman talaga he really tries his best to play his best," said the second-year coach of the squad.

"Ang maganda sa kanya yung attitude niya towards practice, attitude everyday, he always gives his best. So no doubt," he added.

But for the 18-year-old, his lights-out performance would not have been possible if not for the confidence his teammates bring day in and day out.

"Sa team namin... kasi yung tiwala ng teammates ko nandoon naman eh. So bale, wala akong kailangan isipin na baka mawala sila ng kumpyansa pag sumasablay ako. Nandun naman yung tiwala," shared the 5'11" sharpshooter.

Fortea was in fact handed a one-game suspension for a disqualifying foul he committed against De La Salle-Zobel a few weeks back, and it had served as a springboard for him to become a more accurate shooter.

"Meron din talaga kasi yung, dun sa nangyari. Suspension ako tas parang sobrang daming na-realize rin. 'Yung maturity na realize ko para sa akin," Fortea exclaimed.

With NU targeting its first title for the first time since 2016, all eyes will be set on a very stacked NU squad, now enjoying the services of fellow national team mainstays Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, who were redshirted in the loss against Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets last year.

Fortea will be expected to lead the way, and shared his motivation for his teammates.

"Gusto naming bumawi talaga. Kasi two straight loss na sa finals eh. Parang ngayon sobrang motivated talaga kami. Prepare lang kami lagi. Kung sino man makalaban sa finals bibigay lang namin yung lahat."

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