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    Rey Suerte determined to bounce back after season-low score

    Sep 21, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    ANTIPOLO — Luck has seemingly run out on Rey Suerte that even he couldn't help but comment on the atrocious game he's had in University of the East's 62-56 defeat to University of the Philippines on Saturday.

    "Rey Malas," he sighed after being held scoreless in the second half.

    It was such a tough day for Suerte, going only 2-of-15 from the field and missed all nine of his shots from deep to finish with four points, nine rebounds and three assists.

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    It didn't help that he was a marked man, with the Fighting Maroons quick to double him up whenever he held the leather.

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    "Expected ko na yun, na dedepensahan nila ako. Medyo maalat na yung kamay, hinaluan pa ng malas. Mahirap talaga," he said.

    Suerte is no stranger being the go-to guy of a team, fulfilling the role of a top gun back in his days in Cebu where he became a two-time Cesafi MVP for University of the Visayas.

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      But the 6-foot-2 guard admits that the UAAP style of play is much different.

      "Kakaiba dito. Pag gusto ka nila i-stop, masa-stop ka talaga," he said. "Sinubukan ko mag-adjust sa second half. Ang dami ko na tinira sa first half, walang nashu-shoot, nag-adjust ako sa depensa, pasa, rebounds, pero mahirap talaga."

      Despite his tough night that saw him limited to a season-low in points, Suerte feels he has certainly established himself as the main gunner for the Red Warriors.

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      "Nakaka-overwhelm kasi talagang pinaghandaan nila ako. Alam na nila ang kaya kong gawin," said Suerte.

      As brilliant as he is, the 24-year-old Suerte knows he alone could not get the victories for UE.

      "Adjust lang. Pina-practice ko yung pag dino-double ako, papasa ako to look for the open guys. Kailangan lang talaga magtiwala sa kasama," he said.

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