Former De La Salle Zobel star Jeric Fortuna is back in the UAAP Juniors Basketball tournament, but this time he’s there to provide moral support for younger brother Miguel.
As he watched the Junior Archers get drubbed by the Nazaraeth School of NU in Game 1 of the Season 78 finals, the older Fortuna had some words of advice for his brother.
“Before this game, maganda pinapakita niya (Miguel), nung semis nag-step up siya and maganda performance niya nung 2nd round, more on keeping his plays consistent,” Jeric told FOX Sports.
Although admitting that their style of play is similar, Jeric wished that Miguel can develop his confidence to attack the basket, something missing in their match-up against the Bullpups last Friday.
“He is looking for his teammates first as a point guard, pero what I want for him to improve is be more aggresive on looking for his shots and to drive tsaka siya mag-kick-out,” said Fortuna, who starred for UST in college.
“Masyado siyang pass-first, which is also a good thing naman.”
Miguel, playing back-up point guard for Zobel, collected 6 points and 2 assists in their Game 1 loss.
“It’s always the little things, dribbling, shooting form, pero sometimes he tells me that just don’t be scared, play the game and bahala na si Lord,” said Miguel on how his brother helps him develop his game.
Miguel is now the 3rd Fortuna to don the Junior Archers’ jersey after his brothers, Jeric and Louie.
La Salle now needs to win 3 straight do-or-die games to clinch the championship, something that has never been done in the tournament before.
“Medyo uphill climb, pero nothing is impossible. Make some major adjustments sa defense, and how to contain [NU’s] bigmen, more aggresiveness lang and will to win to score an upset in Game 2,” said Jeric. — By Jason Mercene