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