UAAP 81: Troy Rike "blessed" to finally debut for National U
Paul Lintag on Sep 08, 2018 07:24 PM
"It's been a rollercoaster but honestly I think it's kind of a good thing. It's a blessing. It was taken away from me so I know that sadness, now everytime I'm on the court I'm just happy to be able to play basketball," --- Troy Rike.
Troy Rike was sure to suit up for the National University Bulldogs in UAAP Season 81.
And then he wasn't.
But after several starts and stops, Rike was officially declared eligible for the Bulldogs and on Saturday, the Gilas cadet started his one-and-done season with the Bulldogs, capping it off with a win over the UST Growling Tigers at the MOA Arena.
"Honestly in the past two weeks, I might have spent as much time on a plane as I have on the practice court. That was tough. Four or five days ago I thought I wasn't playing for sure," Rike said.
"It's been a roller coaster but honestly I think it's kind of a good thing. It's a blessing. It was taken away from me so I know that sadness, now every time I'm on the court I'm just happy to be able to play basketball," he added.
The forward out of Wake Forest came off the bench in his UAAP debut.
Rike only scored six points but grabbed seven rebounds in 15 and a half minutes of play. NU got the win though and that's what matters.
"Anytime you get a win you're happy," he said.
"We got a really talented team so I was happy to get out on a right note. There's some things we gotta tighten up but if we keep playing together we'll be alright," Rike added.
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