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Draining clutch triples not just luck for Rey Suerte

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Tiebreaker Times Draining clutch triples not just luck for Rey Suerte Basketball News UAAP UE  UE Men's Basketball UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball UAAP Season 82 Rey Suerte Lawrence Chongson

When press asked University of the East Red Warriors active consultant Lawrence Chongson for his thoughts on their epic 89-88 win over the DLSU Green Archers, the fiery mentor only had a few words.

“One word: Suerte. Swerte lang.”

And it’s true — UE could not have picked up their first win in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament without Rey Suerte.

Down by two with 15.4 seconds left, the 6-foot-3 swingman drained a triple to give UE the edge. Aljun Melecio then answered right back five seconds later.

“Sabi ko, ‘Patay, momentum na nila.’ Pero nag-overtake yung isang boses sa utak ko na sabi, ‘Kailangan na nating manalo’,” he recalled.

Suerte would not be denied, though. He knocked down the game-winner to deliver the season’s first upset.

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Tiebreaker Times Draining clutch triples not just luck for Rey Suerte Basketball News UAAP UE  UE Men's Basketball UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball UAAP Season 82 Rey Suerte Lawrence Chongson

Some might say that Suerte was just lucky, but he had done this before in Cebu.

“Last year, birthday ko pa yun, naka-shoot ako ng dalawang three points with just seconds to play,” he shared.

“Yung pangalawa, game-winner.”

Back in October 4, 2018, Suerte — who was playing for the University of Visayas Green Lancers — was celebrating his 24th birthday. But trying to spoil his celebration were the University of San Carlos Warriors.

Knotted at 78-all, Suerte then knocked down a clutch triple with 0.4 seconds to spare to lift his side to a win.

“Second round yun. Ganun din sa nangyari kanina,” said Suerte, who had 31 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal.

For him, the CESAFI and the UAAP are just the same. The only difference is the characters involved.

“Hindi naman nakakapanibago. Parehong basketball naman yun, pero mas nae-expose ang player dito. Yung teams naman dun malalakas din.”

Safe to say, Suerte’s clutch performances are not just about luck.

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