UAAP 82: Finals Terrence is a thing for National U
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 09, 2020 07:15 PM
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)
Terrence Fortea has been in the Finals for all of his six seasons in Nazareth School of National University.
Even better, Fortea has been a champion in all but two of his six years as a Bullpup.
Without a doubt, the 5-foot-11 guard is a winner.
In Fortea's first three seasons in blue and gold, he was a utility player, but in the last three, blossomed into a deadly weapon.
In 2018, his 14-point, five-rebound, and three-assist outing almost put a stop to the coronation of SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Kai Sotto.
In 2019, his 12.5-point average was key to a breakthrough title for head coach Goldwin Monteverde.
And in 2020, his 19-point norm made sure National U completed a clean sweep of the season.
For that, the now-18-year-old was recognized as Finals MVP.
Of course, Fortea acknowledged that he really raises his game on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights, but at the same time, said that he always sees to it to go all-out. "Kailangan pong ganun kahit hindi Finals. Every day, iniisip ko sa sarili kong nasan na ba ako ngayon at ano bang kailangan ko pang i-improve," he shared.
He then continued, "Parang hindi ako nakukumpyansa na okay na ako rito."
Still, six straight seasons in the championship round have given the Bullpups' stalwart enviable experience in the biggest games.
Clearly, that has only translated into big-time performances. "Siyempre po, sobrang laking tulong nung Finals experience na yun kasi kaya kong impluwensyahan yung mga kasama ko. Pwede akong mag-lead talaga," he said.
And the scarier thought for the rest of the league? Fortea has one more year of eligibility and has a golden opportunity for seven Finals in a row.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.