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    UE Red Warriors 2019 [Season 82]

    The tournament begins on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with New-Look UE Red Warriors taking on UST Growling Tigers in the season's first game at 10:30 a.m at the Big Dome. Bomba UE!

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    Retooled UE Red Warriors go all-in for Final Four bid
    Looking to improve from a forgettable 1-13 finish last season, the UE Red Warriors boast a new-look squad

    JR Isaga
    Published 5:11 PM, August 22, 2019


    MANILA, Philippines – The UE Red Warriors definitely don't want to stay at the cellar any longer once the UAAP Season 82 rolls around.

    Instead of fully investing on young talents amid the departure of Season 81 MVP candidate Alvin Pasaol, the team has doubled down on veteran presence with the recruitment of two-time CESAFI MVP Rey Suerte and former JRU leading scorer Jed Mendoza.

    And with Senegalese big man Adama Dikahite joining the fray as UE’s first foreign student-athlete in 5 years, Suerte and Mendoza were clearly not brought in just to fill out the youth-laden Red Warriors roster.

    “Ito kasi yung team namin ngayon, talagang team. Basketball naman kasi team sport kasi yan hindi naman pwedeng isa lang yung gumagawa e,” said graduating team captain Philip Manalang.

    “Siguro yun lang yung comparison ko sa last year kasi itong mga bata, siguro dahil bago pa sila talagang nakikinig sila sa sasabihin ng veterans sa kanila, sa mga coaches, talagang ginagawa lang nila yung role nila. Di sila nagseselos kung sino man yung gumagawa sa team namin.”

    (This team we have right now is a real team. Basketball is a team sport so one guy can’t do it all. That’s my comparison from last year because these kids, maybe because they’re still new, they really listen to what the veterans and coaches tell them. They really fulfill their roles and they’re not envious of whomever does the most work in our team.)

    With an established veteran core ready to lead the team, UE is looking to vastly improve from its forgettable 1-13 finish last season and perhaps even contend for a coveted Final Four spot.

    “Sino namang player sa UAAP na 'di gustong pumasok sa Final Four 'di ba?” quipped Suerte, a three-time CESAFI champion with the University of Visayas Green Lancers.

    “Yun lang yung goal namin na first. Step by step yung goal namin, galing sa baba, paangat nang paangat. Yun lang yung goal namin.”

    (There’s no player who doesn’t want to go to the Final Four, right? That’s our primary goal. We’ll do it step-by-step from the bottom before rising to the top. That’s our only goal.) – Rappler.com

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    UE coach Joe Silva resigns a day before UAAP Season 82
    Bong Tan, the son of school owner Lucio Tan, takes over as Red Warriors head coach

    JR Isaga
    Published 4:11 PM, September 03, 2019

    MANILA, Philippines – University of the Eas head coach Joe Silva has left the Red Warriors’ den just a day before the start of the UAAP Season 82, a source who requested anonymity confirmed to Rappler Sports on Tuesday, September 3.

    Bong Tan, the son of school owner Lucio Tan, is set to replace the former UAAP juniors champion coach who amassed a dismal 1-13 record last year in his seniors division debut.

    The development came as a surprise, to say the least, for the revamped Red Warriors, who are set to field a trio of experienced talents in Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite, two-time CESAFI MVP Rey Suerte and former JRU Heavy Bombers leading scorer Jed Mendoza.

    Prior to his resignation, Silva heaped praises on his squad and believed they're on the cusp of a Final Four return.

    “We want this team to fight,” he said. “We want this team to be the best they can be. We want this team to overachieve. We want this team to work hard.”

    “And at the end of the day, results will follow so that’s what we want,” added Silva, who mentored the Ateneo Blue Eaglets before joining the Warriors

    “So we want this team to really embrace everything and go get those wins.”

    However, as it now turns out, Silva will no longer be a part of that future.

    Now fielding Diakhite, Suerte, Mendoza, captain Philip Manalang and steady prospect Harvey Pagsanjan, the new-look Red Warriors will start off the new season against the UST Growling Tigers on Wednesday, September 4, at 10:30 am at the Araneta Coliseum. – Rappler.com

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    Joe Silva steps down as head coach a day before UE's first game in UAAP 82
    Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 03, 2019 03:21 PM

    For the second straight season, University of the East will be undergoing a coaching change.

    Joe Silva has stepped down after his first and only year as head coach for the Red Warriors. "Since management has decided to move in a different direction, I am resigning as head coach of UE," the youthful mentor said.

    After a successful stint as shot-caller of Ateneo de Manila High School, the crown jewels of which were two championships, Silva guided UE to a 1-13 record in a year wherein Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang were the only capable and confident weapons in their arsenal.

    Things seemed to be looking up this time around, however, as the Red Warriors are now a fully loaded team steered by steady Manalang and strengthened by 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite, Hope Christian High School standout Harvey Pagsanjan, three-time champion and two-time MVP in CESAFI Rey Suerte, ex-Jose Rizal University super scorer Jed Mendoza, former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, and Filipino-Kiwi swingman Ritchie Rodger.

    Now, however, the red and white will have to adjust to a brand new head coach just a day before they start their season opposite University of Sto. Tomas on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

    Meanwhile, the staff made up of ex-pros Paul Artadi, Estong Ballesteros, and Rob Labagala as well as new Jr. Warriors mentor Anton Brodett remains in place.

    For his part, Coach Joe went on to say he will take some time off before making his next move.

    What's certain, though, is that he will only be better after this. "I will continue to work on my craft and learning and improving so I will be better in what I do," he said.

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    UE stuns Adamson to keep UAAP playoff hopes alive
    JR Isaga
    Published 4:16 PM, October 05, 2019



    MANILA, Philippines The UE Red Warriors throw their name back in the UAAP Season 82 playoff hunt with an 80-74 upset win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons to begin the second round of the men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, October 5.

    Senegalese big man Alex Diakhite erupted for 15 points in the 3rd quarter before finishing his onslaught with a career-high 29 points plus 13 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Rey Suerte added 26 markers and 8 boards.

    "We got lucky today. We got breaks and the players refused to lose," said UE active consultant Lawrence Chongson. "We know that Adamson has a good team with a legendary coach. We beat them with effort."

    Jerom Lastimosa and Lenda Douanga paced the Falcons with 16 points each in the losing effort as coach Franz Pumaren's Adamson slid to 3-5, tying UE at 6th place.

    Thanks to Diakhites 3rd quarter eruption, the Red Warriors established a nine-point lead in the 6:50 mark of the 4th, 69-60, after a tip-in from the UE big man.

    Although spitfire Falcons Val Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi conspired for an 8-0 response, Suerte and Diakhite pressed on to create a four-point window, 73-69, midway through the frame.

    Suerte then pushed the lead to 6, 77-71, with 1:53 left after a Diakhite long two.

    The Scores

    UE 80 Diakhite 29, Suerte 26, Conner 7, Manalang 5, Abanto 3, Antiporda 3, Lorenzana 3, Apacible 2, Tolentino 2, Cruz 0, Pagsanjan 0.

    Adamson 74 Douanga 16, Lastimosa 16, Ahanmisi 11, Camacho 11, Chauca 9, Bernardo 3, Fermin 2, Manlapaz 2, Mojica 2, Yerro 2, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Sabandal 0.

    Quarters: 18-22, 31-36, 59-56, 80-74

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    Birthday boy Suerte wishes for more UE wins after Adamson upset
    Rey Suerte, this season's top one-and-done player, helps the UE Red Warriors get back on the playoff hunt

    JR Isaga
    Published 7:28 PM, October 05, 2019





    MANILA, Philippines – As if the UAAP Season 82 cannot get any crazier, the UE Red Warriors strengthened their Final Four bid with an 80-74 upset win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons to begin the men’s basketball second round on Saturday, October 5.

    Alex Diakhite bullied his way to a career-high 29-point finish with 13 rebounds and 3 assists as UE rose to 3-5 in the standings, just half a game away from 4th place FEU.

    However, the win could not have been possible without the team’s leading scorer Rey Suerte adding 27 markers as well in the close win.

    For Suerte, his 25th birthday happening the day before certainly had something to do with it.

    “Siyempre, araw ko. Swinerte ulit,” he said with a smile after the win.

    (It’s my day. I got lucky again.)

    Now that UE is back on the playoff hunt, the one-and-done guard wants more as his birthday wish.

    “Sana magtuluy-tuloy pa yung mga panalo namin,” he said. “I guess ‘yung momentum, unti-unting napapasaamin na. We need to grab it na lang. Every game is our last game – ‘yun yung iniisip namin sa team.”

    (Hopefully, we continue to win. I guess momentum is slowly swinging on our side. We just need to grab it. Every game is our last game – that’s what we’re thinking about in the team.)

    However, the veteran guard still errs on the side of caution for a UE program that has not sniffed a Final Four berth in exactly a decade.

    “Wag lang masyadong kampante sa mga panalo namin,” he continued. “Kasi yung mga panalo namin, close games lang eh. We need more aggressiveness every game. Adjust on defense and offense. Kailangan talaga naming gawin ‘yun sa mga susunod pa naming games.”

    (We shouldn’t be satisfied with our wins. Because we only won close games. We need more aggressiveness every game. Adjust on defense and offense. We need to do that in our next games.)

    Still, Suerte is eager to prove wrong everyone who wrote off his team as early as the preseason.

    “Ginagawa naming motivation yun para tumaas yung morale namin. Kasi kung magpapaapekto kami sa mga ganyang mga sinasabi ng mga tao, bababa lang yung morale namin. Pasok sa tenga, labas sa kabilang tenga,” he said.

    (We use that as motivation to lift our morale up. Because if we let those words get to us, we’ll just do worse. Those words enter one ear and just go out the other.)

    Suerte and the rest of the Warriors have a chance to further solidify their campaign with a potential third straight win against the UST Growling Tigers on Wednesday, October 9. – Rappler.com

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    Not being considered a Final Four contender motivates UE, says Suerte
    by Niel Victor Masoy, October 05, 2019 6:08pm



    Heading into this University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Mens basketball tournament, only the defending champions Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, and the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons were the only teams considered as Final Four contenders.

    Rarely or never has been the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors were considered to at least contend for the last Semis spot.

    UE one-and-done star guard Rey Suerte shared that such motivates the usually lowly UE squad to perform better this season.

    Ginagawa naming motivation yun para tumaas yung morale namin kasi kung magpapaapekto kami sa mga ganun, sa mga sinasabi ng tao, bababa lang yung morale namin dun eh, said Suerte following UEs win over Adamson on Sunday which saw him tallied 26 points and seven rebounds.

    Pasok sa tenga labas sa kabilang tenga.

    Well, the Red Warriors are seemed to be really motivated by their naysayers as they managed to pull off back-to-back gutsy wins to improve to a 3-5 win-loss card.

    Such record put them just half a game behind the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, who currently occupy the fourth spot of the standings with a 3-4 slate.

    For Suerte, UE is starting to gain some momentum and it just needs to maintain such to give itself a fighting chance to make the Final Four. The two-time Cebu Schools Athletic Association Foundation Inc. (CeSAFI) Most Valuable Player (MVP) also added that the Red Warriors need to be aggressive on both ends to enhance their chances of winning.

    I think yung momentum, unting-unti napapa sa amin na so we need to grab it na lang. Every game is our last game na talaga. Yun ang iniisip naming mga teammates ko, uttered Suerte.

    Wag lang masyadong kampante sa mga panalo namin kasi yung mga panalo namin mga close games lahat. We need to be aggressive pa every game, adjust every single defense, offense. Kailangan talaga namin gawin yun sa mga susunod pa naming games.


 
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