Gilas Pilipinas player Troy Rike did something incredible during his team’s brawl with the Australia Boomers – he rescued an Australian player from getting beaten up by his teammates and spectators.
According to ABS-CBN Sports, the 22-year-old player was given P200,000 by his team’s backers – including Bounty Agro Ventures and Chooks-to-Go. “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,” Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas said.
After receiving the reward, Troy once again showed his selflessness by deciding to donate the money to Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia and World Vision Philippines. He also urged everyone to move on from the ugly incident. “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,” Troy said.
The infamous brawl occurred during the third quarter of the game, when Australia was leading by 31 points. When Australia’s Daniel Kickert had a physical altercation with Roger Pogoy, the other Gilas players tried to defend their teammate. There are speculations that the Gilas team might be suspended by FIBA due to the unfortunate incident. 4
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