Domingo glad to be Draymond Green in Parks Jr.ís run for MVP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 31, 2017 06:47 PM
Domingo glad to be Draymond Green in Parks Jr.ís run for MVP
GOT YOUR BACK. Ray Parks Jr. has found a perfect partner in fellow Filipino-American Lawrence Domingo.

With the game well out of reach and with more than 30 points to his name, Ray Parks Jr. was still putting on a show for his kababayans at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque.

Stopping and popping in front of above average defender Joshua Munzon, Parks Jr. rose and then launched his patented mid-range jumper.

Perhaps the hurting shoulder was too tired already and the ball dropped right before the rim and grazed the front of the net.

Fortunately, all of a sudden, a teammate of Parks Jr. was right under the ring to catch the ball and send it back through the net.

That someone was fellow Filipino-American Lo Domingo.

Of course it was.

After all, Domingo together with the former two-time UAAP MVP have joined forces to become quite the perfect pair. As head coach Mac Cuan put it, “Nagko-complement si Lo kay Ray kasi he’s an energy guy.”

According to Cuan, it has been his coaching call to have Domingo provide all-out support to Parks Jr.’s fronting of the attack. “I just want Lo to be that first and foremost. Gusto kong ibigay niya yung hustle,” he said

He then continued, “Sabi ko nga sa kanya, just think Draymond Green. You know, just be that all-around guy.”

And Domingo has been nothing but willing to do just that. “I came out here with the mentality that I have a big body, but I’m still not bigger than a lot other guys. They may be bigger than me, but they don’t have more heart than me,” he said.

He then continued, “I feel Draymond is real greedy like that. He does a little bit of everything and I want that, just help the team in as many ways as possible.”

Indeed, the six-foot-five forward was all over the floor as always in their most recent outing. Winding up with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double, he had as much of a hand in Alab’s biggest win to date as Parks Jr. did.

Apparently, their perfect pairing has been crystal clear even though they have only known each other for a little more than three months. That extends outside the court as Domingo shared, “Me and Ray, we try to hang out as much as we can. Whenever we’re around with each other, we’re always laughing.”

But if Domingo is Draymond, then is Parks Jr. Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant? “Ray has his own game. It’s hard to compare Ray’s game to somebody else’s because it’s really unique,” he candidly answered.

He also added, “I wouldn’t compare him to anybody. I think Ray Parks plays like Ray Parks.”


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