Parks Jr. shot 8/8 in threes with his shoulder hurting

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 30, 2017 05:33 PM
Parks Jr. shot 8/8 in threes with his shoulder hurting
SHOOTER'S BOUNCE. Ray Parks Jr. could not miss from downtown in his hometown.

In the windup to last year, Ray Parks Jr. registered a record 41 points at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque.

Those were the most points ever scored by a player in a single game in the seven-year history of the Asean Basketball League.

Enjoying the home cooking, Parks Jr. then dropped 35 points built on perfect eight-of-eight shooting from deep in the same venue more than a month later.

Obviously, Alab Pilipinas’ franchise player was feeling good with the playing court that was just 20 minutes away from his home. “Homecourt nga siguro,” he expressed while beaming post-game last Friday.

The homecourt advantage proved to be more than enough for the Filipino-American to overcome an injury he sustained early on in their matchup. As he shared, “Actually nga, first quarter pa lang, masakit na shoulder ko kasi nabangga ko. Talagang shine-shake off ko lang.”

Shake off, Parks Jr. did and it was only when he shared it that it was even known he was feeling discomfort on his right shoulder.

Asked how he still managed perfection in triple tries, the 23-year-old candidly answered, “’Di ko alam. Basta ‘di na ako nag-drive tsaka puro tira sa labas.”

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