High School: Nazareth School of National University Bullpups
Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard
First SLAM Rising Stars: Yes
Biggest Lesson from the Finals: “Yung position ng Ateneo diba, undefeated eh. Siguro yung learnings ko noon ay dapat ‘wag kang mapang-hinaan ng loob porket ganoon ang standing nila. Pare-parehas lang naman kami nagtra-train so kaya naman namin.”
Favorite Moment from the Season: “Game 2 [ng Finals]. Noong nanalo kami [sa Ateneo]. Kasi, ‘yun nga, undefeated, tapos kami lang nakatalo sa Ateneo.”
Offseason improvement: “Siguro yung defense ko. At ‘yung pagiging leader ko.”
Role on the Team: “Shooting guard. Nag-point guard na kasi ako eh. Pero sinusubukan kong maging flexible talaga kasi. Kailangan ko ‘yun eh. Di ko pwedeng maiwan yung pagiging point guard kasi sayang yung spot na yun. So kung ready ako maging shooting guard, at least alam ko kung ano gagawin ko.”
#Goals: “Championship. Sobrang…ugh. Kasi ilang straight na [Finals] na ‘yung NU eh. Ilang years na rin. Sayang naman kung nandoon na kami lagi sa championship, tapos puro first runner-up lang.”
Outlook Going Into Next Season: “Ready kaming manalo.”
Notable Achievements: Season 80 Finals Appearance, Member of Batang Gilas U16 2017 Team
Terrence Fortea’s got that shooter’s mentality.
Less than 24 hours after suffering a heartbreaking, razor-thin, do-or-die loss to the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, and Fortea was already talking about next season’s Finals.
He knew how close they were. A fortuitous bounce here and a made shot there, and we’d be celebrating them. The loss, it had seemed, did nothing but instill Terrence with determination and confidence for the Finals 364 days away.
That’s Fortea in a nutshell. He could brick seven straight, but give him a sliver of space, and he’ll sink a dagger in your heart with zero hesitation. It’s always about the next play. The next game. The next championship run. What else is there to say but ‘shooters shoot.’
In case you missed his meteoric season, Fortea was the most dangerous three-point shooter in the UAAP—ranking second in both triples made and 3-point percentage. As the games went on however, Fortea started to evolve. Suddenly, he’s slicing through the lane and nailing tough lay-ups. He started making defenders look silly with silky handles, only to toss the rock to his roll man at the last possible second. A switch was clearly flipped and Fortea dazzled the crowd, both from NU and Ateneo, with plays nobody thought he had on the season’s biggest stage.
When asked about his continually improving scoring ability, Fortea replied:
“Dadating naman yung points mo eh. Diba, kung didipensahan mo ng mabuti. Pasa-pasa. Sabi nila lagi, ‘Wag mong hahanapin ‘yung points mo, ‘wag kang mamimilit na tumira nang tumira. Hintayin mong dumating kasi dadating naman ‘yun.’”
That’s easy for you to say when you can shoot from the parking lot.
Someone tell this kid to never stop shooting.