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UP’s Terrence Fortea bags first UAAP Player of the Week

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UP’s Terrence Fortea bags first UAAP Player of the Week

KEY COG. Terrence Fortea helps power the UP Maroons to a 3-0 start.

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Showing he still wields the same arsenal from the junior ranks, Terrence Fortea makes the most out of his opportunity and steps up big time for the UP Maroons

MANILA, Philippines – As if UP needed more heroes in its bid to keep the crown in Diliman, an unheralded protagonist has risen to the occasion and taken the limelight.

Sans injured starting point guard JD Cagulangan, the Fighting Maroons haven’t skipped a beat with a searing 3-0 start for the solo lead early in UAAP Season 85 – thanks to the stellar play of gunner Terrence Fortea.

The 6-foot-1 guard, showing he still wields the same arsenal from his time with Batang Gilas and the NU Bullpups, made the most out of his opportunity and stepped up big time with averages of 14.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and a crisp 10-of-20 shooting from beyond the arc in three games.

On the strength of his breakout performance, Fortea emerged as the first Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week presented by the Philippine Sports Commission for Season 85.

Since ‘nung situation namin about [Cagulangan], naging mindset kong kailangan mag-step up para sa team namin,” he said.

(My mindset was to step up for our team since we had the situation with Cagulangan.)

The 21-year-old kickstated his week with a previous career-best of 15 points, 9 assists, and 5 boards as UP escaped La Salle with a 72-69 triumph before uncorking 12 points, 5 dimes, and 3 boards in their 87-78 overtime win against Adamson.

There was no stopping him from there as he reset his career-high to 17 markers on a perfect 5-of-5 clip from downtown to tow UP to an unbeaten start after a 73-67 win over FEU – wrapping up the nod supported by minor sponsors Jockey, Tinapayan Festival, and MNL Kingpin.

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde, also once the architect of the Bullpups’ dynasty in high school, lauded the meteoric rise of his prized guard with the hopes of forming a new and more lethal backcourt combo.

“Last season was a big adjustment for him for that position. But this season, I think slowly, while [Cagulangan] is not around, he got some minutes and he improved,” said Monteverde. “Hopefully when [Cagulangan] returns, they can be fielded together.”

Fortea edged out longtime teammate Carl Tamayo, La Salle’s Schonny Winston, Ateneo’s Ange Kouame, UE’s Kyle Paranada, and UST’s Nic Cabañero for the weekly award deliberated by print and online writers regularly covering the league. – Rappler.com

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