JERIC Fortuna admitted GlobalPort has had a tough time without Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
While gaining significant playing time in the absence of the injured dynamic duo for two games in a row, Fortuna implied that the Batang Pier are having a hard time embracing a new identity as a more team-oriented side.
“Mahirap (na wala sila) kasi sila yung go-to guys,” Fortuna said in a short chat with Spin.ph after the game. “Mas importante kasi yung teamwork at ball movement ngayon kasi 'yung scorers namin injured.”
“Karamihan sa amin hindi one-on-one player, so kailangan namin ball movement at makita yung mismatches sa kalaban,” he added. “Pero hindi namin na-capitalize yung opportunity na binigay sa amin.”
Fortuna, acquired in a trade recently, started his second straight game, but came up with just two points after missing all but one of his 13 shots, while having zero assist, against four rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.
“Hindi kami maka-shoot, maka-depensa, tapos wala kami sa focus,” the former University of Santo Tomas star said as his team fell to a 2-6 win-loss slate. “Malamya kami sa simula and that set the tone for our entire game.”
“Siguro may ganung araw lang talaga,” he added. “Bawi na lang, mas maraming shooting sa practice.”