Jeric Fortuna reunites with college coach Pido Jarencio as Globalport, Phoenix consummate trade
Jeric Fortuna will be reunited with college coach Pido Jarencio following the trade Tuesday between Globalport and Phoenix. Jerome Ascano

GLOBALPORT has acquired Jeric Fortuna from Phoenix for a future second-round pick.

Batang Pier manager Bonnie Tan confirmed the development to on Tuesday as they unloaded their 2018 second-round selection to get the third-year playmaker.

Fortuna, who reunites with college coach and GlobalPort mentor Pido Jarencio, boosts a Batang Pier side that’s lacking a pure point guard with combo guards Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle running the backcourt.

Pringle however, suffered a sprained ankle last Friday and is out for at least two weeks in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

"Terrence can now focus on the 2-spot," Tan said.

The Fuel Masters had the luxury to give up Fortuna with plenty of playmakers in the fold led by RR Garcia and Josh Urbiztondo.

Fortuna played for five years with Jarencio at University of Santo Tomas and was part of the team that finished runner up in the 2012 UAAP season.

He was a second round pick by Barako Bull during the 2013 Rookie Draft (14th overall) and suited up for a year with the team.

The diminutive point guard later joined San Miguel Beer during his sophomore year and became part of the Beermen’s title runs during the Philippine Cup, and Governors’ Cup, respectively.

He returned to Barako Bull in the off-season and played sparingly under coach Koy Banal during the all-Filipino conference.

Fortuna, a teammate of Globalport alternate governor Eric Arejola at De La Salle-Zobel, has career averages of 5.0 points, 1.71 rebounds, and 1.27 assists.

“He’s a very good point guard, an intelligent player who makes the right plays. With him on the team, we’ll have a solid back up for Stanley,” said Arejola.

The Batang Pier has placed rookie guard Roi Sumang in the reserved list to give way for Fortuna’s entry.

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