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