Yes, Ray Parks Jr. is still capable of doing Ray Parks Jr. things
At long last, Ray Parks Jr. delivered a performance worthy of a reigning and defending Local MVP
With a thrilling comeback triumph on Wednesday, Alab Pilipinas is now on a four-game winning streak in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.
More than that, they are 5-1 with Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman as reinforcements.
However, those two will not determine whether or not the Filipinos can hang with defending champion Hong Kong or impressive rookie team Chong Son, the top two teams in the tournament thus far.
Ray Parks Jr. proved that last Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa in Laguna as he led the Philippines to its biggest win of the season, coming at the expense of second-running Kung Fu.
The reigning and defending Local MVP dropped a season-high 31 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
With him doing the heavy lifting, Alab was able to overcome a ghastly 7-of-27 shooting night from Brownlee and eke out a come from behind overtime victory.
For Parks Jr., he was just doing his job. “To be honest, I’m bold enough to say it, we have the best locals. We’re gunning for a championship this year and all of us, we’re doing everything we could,” he said.
He then continued, “It takes a lot of sacrifice individually to play as a team. Whoever scores the most points, we don’t care because any one of us can (go) off at any time.”
Before this game, the Filipino-American swingman was yet to break the 20-point marker.
With this breakout, however, we may very well be seeing the Parks Jr. we have come to know.
Of course, the Filipino-American made it clear that this doesn’t mean that the Filipino team will be reverting to the one-man team it was a season ago. “We’re here to support the imports – it doesn’t matter if it’s rebounding, defending, scoring. I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said.
He then continued, “That’s the biggest thing. Everyone here is doing their role. (The imports) are here to score, carry a heavy role and we’re (locals) here to support them.”
Indeed, with Brownlee and Josh Urbiztondo coming on late and Balkman providing tremendous energy and effort, they showed that not only can they hang, but they can even take down a top team such as Chong Son. “It just feels great to get a win against one of the best teams in the league. Hopefully, this just continues for us,” he said
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