Alab ‘trying to keep’ Parks Jr. and Ravena together

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 14, 2017 04:41 PM
Alab ‘trying to keep’ Parks Jr. and Ravena together
BEST OF THE BEST. Would Ray Parks Jr. and Kiefer Ravena be up for a second go-round for Alab Pilipinas?

Alab Pilipinas will have a new voice calling the shots for the looming 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

With first-time head coach Jimmy Alapag at the helm, the Filipinos will be more determined than ever to take back the regional trophy to their home country.

However, the new mentor is yet to have a final lineup to guide. “Today’s my first day. We’re still in the process of building the team,” he said in his introductory press conference in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig last Saturday.

Of course, Alab already have a couple of names on their minds. As team manager Charlie Dy put it, “We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks.”

Dy was referring to Ray Parks Jr. and Kiefer Ravena who joined up for two semifinals games in the Philippines’ previous campaign.

A season ago, Parks Jr. averaged 19 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists en route to being recognized as local MVP while Ravena starred in the Final Four matchups against rival Singapore.

Still, nothing is final yet with the roster from the top-down.

According to the team manager, however, many players are already inquiring about possibilities with the ABL’s Filipino team. “I’ve been getting a lot of messages from a lot of players, even from imports. There’s so many inquiries,” he shared.

He then continued, citing Alapag’s appointment as the foremost reason for it all, “I think it’s really a big come on to have Jimmy. Everyone’s just so excited.”

Whoever will be part of the new and improved Alab, Dy vowed that they will only continue bringing basketball outside of Metro Manila. Asked about Alab’s biggest contribution a season ago, he answered, “We reached out to the masses. We went to Davao, Laguna, and Bulacan and we were able to pack all the venues.”

He then continued, “We look forward to having our kababayans support us again in our second season.”

The Alapag-guided Filipinos will once again see action in the ABL commencing later in the year. All of the action will still be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl.

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