One-time, big-time, prime time, all the time for UE's Rey Suerte

Mark Escarlote on Aug 27, 2019 07:02 PM
One-time, big-time, prime time, all the time for UE's Suerte
Without a doubt, UE got lucky in getting Rey Suerte - a three-time champion and two-time MVP in CESAFI (Photo courtesy of PBA Images)

Rey Suerte wants to make a lasting impression in his first and last stint for University of the East in the UAAP just like the other Cebuanos who came before him.

Bringing in an impressive resume, expectations are high for the transferee from University of the Visayas this Season 82.

“More added pressure sa akin kasi sabi nga nila ako raw ang go-to-guy,” said Suerte, whose athleticism and superb shooting put him as one of the exciting players to watch out for this year.

“Sabi ko dadgag pressure yun sa akin, pero gagawin ko lang ang pinaka-best ko para makatulong sa team. Saka tutulungan naman nila ako,” he added.

The two-time CESAFI MVP and vital cog in the Green Lancers’ three-peat will have a big role to fill after the departure of former King Warrior Alvin Pasaol, who famously scored 49 points in a single game.

“Mas nakakadagdag ng pressure kasi mabigat din yun eh,” said the 6-foot-3 swingman. “Mabigat na player in terms of scoring, depensa, all-around. So more added pressure talaga.”

Suerte is the latest UV star to bring his talents to the Big City and he is looking to follow the footsteps of fellow Lancers Greg Slaughter, who once helped Ateneo de Manila University capture the last two titles of its UAAP five-peat before making it big with Ginebra, and JR Quinahan, a champion with Rain or Shine and now plying his trade for NLEX.     

“Gusto ko lang mapabilang sa linyada kasi madami ng naging pro na galing sa UV. Gusto kong maging isa sa kanila,” said.

The recruitment of the 23-year-old gem gives the Red Warriors added depth and a good chance to compete for the Final Four to erase the stigma of their forgettable 1-13 finish last year.  

“Brighter side sa side ng UE. Kaya namin eh. Yung sa samahan namin kaya namin mag-Final Four,” he said. “‘Yung samahan namin ang magdadala sa amin dun.”

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