UAAP 82: For UE and Rey Suerte, luck has nothing to do with it

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 14, 2019 05:22 PM
UAAP: For UE and Rey Suerte, luck has nothing to do with it
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

University of the East downed De La Salle University for the first time in five years, Saturday at MOA Arena.

Post-game, the first words out of the mouth of active consultant Lawrence Chongson were, “One word - swerte, swerte lang.”

Make no mistake, though, Chongson wasn’t talking about luck.

Rather, he was talking about main man Rey Suerte who scored a career-best 31 points, including two cold-blooded triples in the last 30 seconds.

The Green Archers rallied from as much as 13 points down to seize an 85-83 lead in the last 10 seconds before the one-and-done forward from Cebu rose over Andrei Caracut and hit his first cold-blooded triple.

Aljun Melecio had his own long-range missile to put La Salle on top once more, 88-76, but with 10.8 ticks to go, Suerte hit another cold-blooded three, this one over three defenders, to seal the deal, once and for all, in the Red Warriors’ first win. "Big-time players make the big-time shots," Chongson said.

Also make no mistake, however, their breakthrough win wasn't just lucky as they actually outplayed and outworked La Salle for majority of the matchup.

For his part, Suerte said that this should only be a sign of things to come for the red and white. "Masaaya kasi nakaisa na kami, pero next game, dapat balik ulit yung fighting spirit. Wala nang relax-relax kasi 'di na pwede mag-relax e," he said.

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