Parks Jr. brings back ABL MVP to Philippines

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 23, 2017 04:47 PM
Parks Jr. brings back ABL MVP to Philippines
MOST VALUABLE. Ray Parks Jr. is the third Filipino to be hailed as the MVP - following Leo Avenido and Asi Taulava.

Alab Pilipinas fell short of reclaiming for the Philippines the throne in the Asean Basketball League.

Still, they get for themselves the biggest of consolation prizes.

Alab main man Ray Parks Jr. was recognized as the Most Valuable Player-Local for the 2016-2017 on Sunday.

The 24-year-old bested Singapore’s Wong Wei Long, last year’s winner, and Leon Kwek as well as Hong Kong’s Fong Shing Yee for the award.

Parks Jr. averaged 19 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists all while leading the Filipinos to the semifinals.

The Filipino-American also set the league-record for highest scoring output by a local in a single season with 380 points.

His most memorable game was in his hometown of Paranaque last January where he scored 35 points built on a perfect eight-of-eight from deep.

Parks Jr. is the first Filipino MVP-Local since Asi Taulava in 2013

His win put an end to Wong’s two-year reign at the top.

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