UAAP 82: Suerte proud to keep reppin both Mindanao and Visayas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2019 04:50 PM
UAAP: Suerte proud to keep reppin both Mindanao and Visayas
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Rey Suerte missed his one and only shot at playing in the Final Four of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Still, throughout the tournament, he gave University of the East reason to hope.

Even more, after his one-and-done season, the 6-foot-3 forward has also given players from Visayas and Mindanao even more basis to believe they can make it. "Malaking bagay ito para sa akin tsaka sa lahat ng galing probinsya kasi napakita ko yung talento ko rito," he said.

Before his lone season as a Red Warrior, he was a three-time champion and two-time MVP for University of the Visayas in CESAFI.

Without a doubt, Suerte was one of the top players, if not the top player, not to be seeing action in the big leagues in Manila.

Fast forward to today and he had just put up per game counts of 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32.2 minutes of action - putting him right up there with the best of the best in the UAAP.

And so, the 23-year-old is just the latest proof that hidden gems remain waiting to be unearthed outside Manila. "Grabe and competition dito. Sobrang hirap talaga, pero na-amaze ako sa sarili ko kasi kaya ko palang makipagsabayan," he said.

As he wraps up his collegiate career and jumps headfirst into the 2020 PBA Draft, he is nothing but proud to be the next prospect from Visayas and Mindanao to turn his dream into reality. "Kaming mga Bisaya, mga players from Visayas or Mindanao, 'di papatalo. Warrior talaga yang mga yan," he, who made his name as a Green Lancer but was born and bred in Compostela Valley, said.

He then continued, "Kaya para sa mga ibang Bisaya, lalo na mga bata, kayang-kaya rin nila yan."


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