Troy Rike speaks up about UAAP physicality

Danine Cruz on Oct 21, 2018 06:02 PM
 Troy Rike speaks up about UAAP physicality
"Hit me in my chest, don't go after my knees. That's how I hope to make a living one day." -- Troy Rike on UAAP physicality

If there is one word that is always used to describe Philippine basketball, 'physical' has always been it.

Physicality is the trait that ballers who grew up in the Philippines have embraced. However, it is something that foreigners to Filipino basketball usually have trouble adjusting to.

National University's one-and-done athlete Troy Rike spoke up about this after their victory over University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81.

"I have no problem with the physicality, be physical. At Wake Forest [University], guarding Junemar [Fajardo], guarding Japeth [Aguilar], it's my job everyday to be physical," said Rike who is also part of the 23 for 2023 Gilas cadets.

"Filipino stye of basketball, be physical, that's great, but the other stuff, I don't like that. The extra stuff, the little ticky tacky grabbing, the butt, don't do that," expounded the Fil-Am player.

In his time in the UAAP so far, Rike has always been visibly showing his annoyance each time he is at the receiving end of pesky and suffocating defense of opponents. This time, he took the opportunity to speak up about it.

"Maybe it is something that I have to get used to but like I said, I don't like that. You can be physical but don't be sneaky, like sneaky stuff," he said.

All game long, Growling Tigers Germy Mahinay, Enrique Caunan, Zachy Huang, and Ira Bataller took turns guarding the Bulldog. Rike mentioned a specific instance in their latest game where his knee got hit by a UST defender whom he didn't name. 

"That is why I got so mad because he kneed my knee. That's how I hope to provide living for my family one day. You can't do that," he said.

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