Lucky shot: Suerte knocks in game-winner as UE shocks La Salle

Beatrice Go
Lucky shot: Suerte knocks in game-winner as UE shocks La Salle
Rey Suerte buries two clutch three-pointers in the dying seconds as the UE Red Warriors pick up their first win over the La Salle Green Archers

MANILA, Philippines – Rey Suerte proved to be the lucky recruit the University of the East needed. 

Suerte knocked in the game-winner with 3.2 seconds left as the UE Red Warriors escaped a shorthanded La Salle Green Archers, 89-88, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, September 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

A transferee from Cebu, Suerte erupted for a season-high 31 points off a 5-of-7 clip from beyond the arc to go with 7 boards and 3 assists.

Kailangan na talaga namin ipanalo, so sa isip ko positive na lang, kailangan ko i-shoot,” said Suerte.

(I was being positive because we needed to win the game, so I had to make the shot.)

Neil Tolentino also impressed with 19 points, while Jem Cruz chipped in 13 points for the Warriors, who snapped a three-game skid.

The Green Archers played minus Fil-Am standouts Jamie Malonzo, who sat out due to a sprained wrist, and Keys Meeker, who sustained a tendonitis injury. 

Justine Baltazar led La Salle with a double-double of 21 points and 17 boards while Aljun Melecio scored another 21 points.

After trailing most of the game, La Salle looked headed to steal it after unleashing an 8-0 run capped by Encho Serrano’s and-1 play that nabbed the lead for the Green Archers, 83-81, with 1:07 left in the game.

UE’s Chris Conner drew a crucial foul off Baltazar  to knot the score at 83-all, but Serrano again put La Salle up by sinking both his freebies.

Suerte then drained the first of his two clutch shots, burying a go-ahead trey with 15.4 seconds to go, 86-85.

La Salle veteran guard Melecio answered back with a triple, but Suerte came up with a game-winning three to seal the game for UE.

The loss pushed the Green Archers down to 6th with a 1-2 record.

The Scores

UE 89 – Suerte 31, Tolentino 19, Cruz 13, Pagsanjan 8, Apacible 6, Conner 4, Mendoza 4, Natividad 4, Abanto 0, Camacho 0, Diakhite 0, Sawat 0.

La Salle 88 – Baltazar 21, Melecio 21, Caracut 16, Serrano 14, Pado 9, Lojera 3, Bartlett 2, Manuel 2, Bates 0, Hill 0.

Quarters: 28-24, 48-37, 70-63, 89-88 





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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.