Parks Jr. bitten by injury bug at the worst of times

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 02, 2017 09:07 PM
Parks Jr. bitten by injury bug at the worst of times
BAD TIMING. Ray Parks Jr. only logged 15 minutes in what was Alab Pilipinas' biggest game to date.

SINGAPORE – The much-awaited get-together of Ray Parks Jr. and fellow two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena still wasn’t meant to be on Sunday.

Or at least, what little time they had together ended prematurely.

Five days after Parks Jr. sat out because of a hurting hip just as Ravena practiced for the first time, the former was forced to the bench just three quarters into the latter’s debut in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.

Parks Jr. landed awkwardly following a layup attempt in the third period before having to hobble back to the bench. He did not return and ended the game with only four points in 15 minutes of action.

Even post-game, the 24-year-old still had to be helped by Alab Pilipinas a staff member. Sharing what was ailing him, he told reporters, “Sprained ankle. Ang sama e!”

He then continued, “Biglang tumunog. ‘Di ko ba kinaya kaya ‘di na ako makakasama sa team dinner ngayon. Uuwi na ako ng hotel kasi magang-maga.”

Making matters worse, Parks Jr.’s right ankle injury is on the same side of the hurting hip he had been mending to for more than a week now. “May tubig sa hip ko kaya ‘di ako makapag-practice. Kagabi, ang advice ay mag-steroid shot pero ayoko,” he said.

He then continued, “Therapy na lang ako every day for two weeks. Sana gumaling.”

The good news for the Filipino faithful is that their top gun is feeling good about his recovery. “I’m optimistic about it. Kailangan i-diagnose ulit, pero our hopes are high naman,” he said.

He then continued, all but confirming he will be good to go on Friday, “We still have five days to get a second wind and tie the series.”

Parks Jr. and Alab Pilipinas are out to level their best-of-three semifinals series against Singapore on Friday at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.

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