Fil-Am Gilas player recognized for defending rival team player in on-court brawl

Fil-Am Gilas basketball player Troy Rike earned a commendation from the national team’s backer, for his actions during the unsightly brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia’s Boomers team in the Philippine arena last Monday night.

The 22-year-old Fil-Am, who hails from San Francisco, was commended for covering Australia’s Chris Goulding during the brawl.

When Goulding had already fallen on the sidelines, Rike shielded the boomer from fans who appeared ready to mob the guard.

His act drew praise from the national team’s backer, and as a token of appreciation, Rike received a check of 100 thousand pesos, which Rike says he plans on donating, half to a charity in the philippines, and the other half to one in Australia.

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