Troy Rike racks up double-double as NU exits on high note

JR Isaga
The NU Bulldogs wrap up their UAAP campaign with a convincing win over the UE Red Warriors


 BEST EFFORT. Troy Rike delivers his best numbers in the Bulldogs’ final game of the season versus Alvin Pasaol and the Red Warriors. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


MANILA, Philippines – Troy Rike made the most of his final game in his only season in the league as the NU Bulldogs wrapped up their campaign with a 79-71 victory over the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, November 18.

Rike dropped a career-high 17 points with 13 rebounds, highlighted by multiple mid-range jumpers and an and-one at the 1:37mark of the 3rd that put NU up 13, 57-44.

The Bulldogs (4-10) ended the season at 7th place while the Warriors (1-13) wound up at rock bottom.

UE snuck into a single-digit deficit multiple times in the 4th, but failed to sustain their runs down the stretch as the Bulldogs scampered away for good. 

NU’s Issa Gaye swatted a staggering 8 shots in 18 minutes to go with 12 points and 6 boards.

UE star Alvin Pasaol finished his third and possibly final season with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals. His 24.4 points per game average is officially the highest for a local player since 2003 and the most since FEU’s Terrence Romeo.

Chris Conner added 19 markers and 13 boards in the loss.

The Scores

NU 79 – Rike 17, Gaye 12, Ildefonso D 9, Ildefonso S 9, Aquino 7, Yu 6, Salim 6, Diputado 5, Galinato 4, Clemente 2, Tibayan 2, Morido 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0.

UE 71 – Pasaol 20, Conner 19, Acuno 11, Varilla 10, Manalang 7, Bartolome 2, Guion 2, Cullar 0, Maloles 0, Gallardo 0, Strait 0.

Quarters: 21-17, 44-32, 58-46, 79-71.