THE point guard position has been a concern for University of Santo Tomas since the departure of Jeric Fortuna last season. But the former star playmaker himself believes the Tigers will be fine without him.
Fortuna said given time, the Tigers' holdover backcourt players can make last year's UAAP finalists competitive in the coming season, making special mention of combo guard Clark 'Tata' Bautista.
“Oo naman, confident ako (of UST’s chances this season),” the 21-year-old Fortuna said when Spin.ph caught up with him at The Arena in San Juan on Saturday while watching the Tigers down UAAP rival Ateneo in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.
“Si Tata (Bautista) kaya naman magdala ng bola. Kanina medyo he was caught off-guard lang kasi biglang nag-trap,” Fortuna, citing one crucial play in the fourth quarter where Bautista lost the ball after being double-teamed on defense. “Tsaka marami pa namang time mag-prepare.”
“Kailangan lang nila magtulungan tapos recognition kung kailan magta-trap yung kalaban. Tsaka veterans na rin sila eh. More or less, alam na nila gagawin nila,” the proven playmaker added.
Fortuna, who has used up his UAAP eligibility and recently graduated from UST with a marketing degree, is now focusing most of his attention on San Miguel Beer's campaign in the Asean Basketball League.
One of the youngest cagers in the home-and-away league, Fortuna is gaining valuable experience from his veteran Beermen teammates.
“Halos lahat sila dumaan na sa PBA so marami akong natututunan sa kanila, mga gulang, ganun. Experience lang.”