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Ariel Vanguardia hopes Rey Suerte finally brings good fortunes to out-of-luck Blackwater squad

Rey Suerte could be the lucky charm Blackwater needed to snap a 24-game losing streak. FIBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Even with a new coach in, Blackwater still could not find a way to score a win in the PBA Governors' Cup.

Prior to the Christmas break and the January postponement, the Bossing are 0-5 in the conference, 0-16 for the season, and 0-24 since Oct. 20, 2020.

But help might have probably come.

The Ever Bilena franchise finally got a hold of Rey Suerte after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas formally released him from his Gilas Pilipinas duties.

Blackwater quickly signed Suerte, the second pick in the 2019 Gilas draft, to a two-year deal on Monday, but according to Coach Ariel Vanguardia, he has been in practices prior to the formal signing.

"His confidence level is there, and we know how capable he is, so he's a welcome addition to our backcourt," Vanguardia told Sports on Air Weekly.

Although he is a rookie by PBA definition, the international experience he got from playing for the national team, according to Vanguardia, has put him at par with the veterans in the team during the scrimmages.

"He's very competitive, and it makes the other veterans compete in practice. Maganda yung competition level ngayon, and it's one thing that we're looking forward too. We're excited on him joining the team," Vanguardia added.

With that said, he is hopeful that Suerte would finally bring "swerte" to a Bossing squad looking to finally put the longest losing streak in Philippine professional basketball history to an end.

"Sana, ito na yung lucky charm. May Suerte na kami talaga!" Vanguardia further said.

Blackwater's best chance to end the long skid will happen on Saturday when it faces Terrafirma, which has a losing streak of its own at three, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Bossing will also be in action on Feb. 18 against the NLEX Road Warriors.

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