FINALLY getting some well-deserved playing time, rookie Jeric Fortuna is showing he’s ready to repay the trust and confidence of Barako Bull.
The 5-8 guard has been making the most of his minutes three games into the PBA Governors Cup after posting decent numbers of 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
“Right now, coach Siot (Tanquingcen) is giving me more playing time, and I just want to show him I can deliver and be relied upon,” Fortuna told Spin.ph after the Energy lost to Air21 on Saturday, 101-86, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The standout from University of Santo Tomas said he may be going up against a lot of seasoned guards in the league, but he’s definitely not backing down from the challenge.
“I’m just making the most out of this opportunity as he (Siot) gives me this chance na kaya ko makipag-sabayan and I have to deliver,” said Barako Bull’s 14th pick overall in last year’s Draft.
“Pero, it’s just basketball at the end of the day, so I just try to play hard every game.”
The 22-year-old point guard said Barako still has a lot to work on as the Energy try to keep their goal of making the top four in the compact elimination round of the season-ending tournament.
“Coach said we’re doing well, but it’s just the small details we just have to work on, like box out. Kanina kasi ang daming offensive rebounds ng Air21,” explained Fortuna.
“And 'yung last game versus San Mig, nagmamadali kami sa offense and nawawala yung set of screen,” he added.
Barako Bull returns to action next Wednesday as it takes on San Miguel Beer in one of two games scheduled in Binan, Laguna.