Parks Jr. on missing Alab’s last game: ‘I hate that I was injured too’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 09, 2017 07:31 PM
NO GOODBYES. After scoring a league-record 380 points in the elimination round, an injured Ray Parks Jr. only had four points in the semifinals.
After setting a league record with a stellar elimination round, Ray Parks Jr. was only able to play two and a half quarters in Alab Pilipinas’ Game 1 and 2 losses to Singapore.
The Filipino-American scored 380 points in the eliminations – the most by a local in the seven-year history of the league.
In the best-of-three semifinals series, however, he only had four markers in only 15 minutes of play to see his team get swept.
In Game 1, Parks Jr. saw action in the first half before being forced back to the bench by an injury in the third quarter.
Then in Game 2, he was in uniform, but did not check in during the Filipinos’ season-ending defeat. Post-game, all he could say was, “I hate that I was injured too.”
The 24-year-old had been battling a hurting hip since the end of the elimination round and then sustained an ankle injury in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, those barred him from all of the Philippines’ do-or-die Game 2. “’Di talaga kaya. I tried to get clearance for my doctors to play, but my hip compensated for my ankle. (Injuries) just ruined my right leg because I can’t do anything,” he shared, sounding nothing but disappointed.
Without a doubt, Alab could have used even just a little bit of Parks Jr. to team up with Kiefer Ravena last Friday.
Nonetheless, the former two-time UAAP MVP was proud of how his teammates stepped up in his absence as he said, “Definitely not the ending that we wanted, but we clawed and clawed. Kiefer did it and everybody else stepped up.”
He then continued, “It’s terrible that we were up and down throughout, but we showed that we could compete with (Singapore).”
As for himself, Parks Jr. said he will need further examination to determine the severity of his injury. “I still have to get an MRI and ultrasound to see if there’s a partial tear. We’ll see how it goes,” he said.
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