GILAS’ Troy Rike rewarded with P200,000 Cash Benefit for securing Chris Goulding - The Daily Sentry

GILAS’ Troy Rike rewarded with P200,000 Cash Benefit for securing Chris Goulding

Gilas player Troy Rike, composite photos from rappler and tiebreakertimes
Gilas Cadet Troy Rike receives P200,000 reward for his ‘heroic act of compassion’ amid Monday’s bench – clearing fracas between Australia Boomers and Gilas Pilipinas.    

The 22 – year old Fil-Am ‘Manok ng Bayan’ was seen as though he was charging Australia’s Chris Goulding down to the ground, but it turned out to be the complete opposite as the latter found himself an ally momentarily, somehow in Rike.

The sudden encounter broke out during the game’s 3rd quarter when Australia was leading by 31 points already.

Rike’s sponsors, Bounty Agro Ventures and Chooks – to – Go recognized his good deed incentivizing him of cash benefit, which he later revealed that the money shall be donated to charity as a sign of ‘goodwill’.

Photo from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas (Facebook Page)
In a statement, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas said, “Kung hindi sa action ni Troy Rike, basag 'yung ulo nung nakahiga na 'yun. By protecting this person, nakita niya 'yung repercussion[s]. Even with his youth, he saw things beyond that moment.”

Troy urged everyone to move on from the unforeseen event and one of the darkest moments of Philippine Basketball History by saying, "Players and my teammates express their regret for their actions and some Australian players have expressed their regret as well.”

“Obviously, both of us wish what happened would not have had happened because that is not what either country is about. We can’t take that back and the only thing we could do is move forward and do some good with that,” he added.

Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas and Gilas cadet player Troy Rike, photo from
With speculations that GILAS may eventually be suspended, both teams have since been anticipating for the sanctions to be carried out by the International Basketball Federation.


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