Alab returns to winning ways as Parks Jr. turns up heat on Saigon

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 27, 2017 09:50 PM
Alab returns to winning ways as Parks Jr. turns up heat
BOMBERMAN. Ray Parks Jr. was perfect from downtown as Alab shot down Saigon.

What struggle?

Ray Parks Jr. and the rest of Alab Pilipinas wasted no time in moving forward from their worst loss and morphing back into their winning form in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.

Catching fire right from tip-off, Parks Jr. put on another show in his hometown of Paranaque and powered the Filipinos right through an overmatched Saigon, 99-77, on Friday at the Olivarez College Gym.

The Filipino-American scorched the nets from the get-go with 17 points built on five-of-five shooting from downtown. His teammates were only willing to follow his lead as they established a 28-14 after the opening salvo.

Parks Jr. already had 21 points including a perfect 5/5 on threes at halftime. In all, Alab made good on all but six of their 16 triple tries for a massive 54-30 advantage. 

This red-hot shooting, only five days after an uninspired performance dealt the Philippines a 13-point defeat in Hong Kong – by far, its worst loss in the tournament.

Paranaque’s pride wound up with 35 points built on eight-of-eight shooting from downtown to go along with five rebounds and three assists. In an earlier game in the same venue, he put up a league-record 41 points.

Lo Domingo contributed 13-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Filipinos did not allow their halftime lead to go lower than 17.

With the big-time bounce back, Alab improved to 6-3. They remain at third-place behind league-leader Singapore and Hong Kong.

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