'Cool Cat' son Jacob Cortez walking his own way as Tiger Cub

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 18, 2020 03:39 PM
'Cool Cat' son Jacob Cortez walking his own way as Tiger Cub
(Photos courtesy of UAAP)

"The Cool Cat" is raising a tiger cub.

Mike Cortez has been out of action in the PBA for more than a year now, but that hasn't taken him away from basketball at all.

In fact, all that freed up time has let him do something personal - watch each and every one of his son's games live.

Yes, "The Cool Cat" has been present in all of University of Sto. Tomas' games in UAAP 82 - a season that saw the squad surprisingly vie for a place in the playoffs.

And for Jacob Cortez himself, the presence of the two-time UAAP champion is nothing but welcome. "I think him being there is big because some of my teammates, their parents can't even watch. Me, he's always there to support," he said.

Along with moral support, the son, of course, has been getting much-needed words of wisdom from his dad. "I'm always learning from him. After games, nagvu-viewing kami and he tells me what I should have done," he shared.

He then continued, "And siyempre, I learned a lot from what he did on the court when he played."

At the same time, however, the 17-year-old said he wants to chart a new course for himself. "I'm blazing my own path here in UST," he said.

That is why he traded in the green and white, his dad's school colors, for the UST black and gold this season.

Without a doubt, the transfer has been a step forward as in his last year as a Greenie, Cortez averaged 10.2 points in 39.2 percent shooting, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists and then broke out in his first season as a Tiger Cub with norms of 15.9 points in 46.2 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.0 steals.

That doesn't mean, however, that the 5-foot-10 guard doesn't share something with his old man.

Both Cortezes are slick with the ball and are threats anywhere and everywhere on offense.

What Mike boasts in quickness, however, Jacob more than makes up for his maximization of his big body.

Still, the son wants everybody to know he is his own person. "Of course, there was some pressure (from being his son) before, pero now, I'm kind of used to it na. I'm just going to play my own game," he said.

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