ABL: Rayray was clutch, but did you also see his D on Jason Brickman?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 29, 2018 02:54 PM
ABL: Rayray was clutch, but did you see his D on Brickman?
Ray Parks Jr. was a two-way force in Alab Pilipinas' big-time Game 3 win over Mono Vampire

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Ray Parks Jr. came through in the clutch for Alab Pilipinas as they came away with a crucial Game 3 win over Mono Vampire for a 2-1 lead in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals.

The back-to-back Local MVP poured in eight of his 30 points in the last three minutes last Saturday at the Stadium 29 here to will the Filipinos one win away from the championship.

In the eyes of head coach Jimmy Alapag, though, his prized ward also helped win the game at the other end. “More impressive than (his) offense was his defense on Jason Brickman,” he told reporters.

Indeed, with Parks Jr. staying in front of him for majority of the matchup, Thailand’s court general Jason Brickman was unable to replicate his 15-point, 11-assist, six-rebound, and two-steal showing in Game 2.

He still had 11 points and 12 assists in this one, but fell short in utilizing from start to finish all of his weapons in Sam Deguara, Mike Singletary, and Paul Zamar.

Brickman was only quick to acknowledge the tough test put in front of him by the Philippines’ two-way force. “He’s one of the best defenders in the league. He has size, he has athleticism, and he moves really well,” he said.

For his part, Parks Jr. said that going right at Mono’s point guard is all about challenging himself and what he is capable of. As he put it, “Jason Brickman is a great player and throughout the season, I just want that challenge of guarding the (other team’s) best player.”

He then continued, “That’s one thing I want to grow into because coach Jimmy [Alapag] has been doing a great job of pushing me to being a great two-way player.”

Without a doubt, Alab’s local standout is proving that he can make an impact both on offense and on defense.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Brickman is just going to lay down. “He’s doing a great job, but I just want to play my game and continue to be aggressive. It’s a tough matchup, but I focus on playing team basketball,” he said.

Parks Jr. and Brickman will trade blows once more in Game 4 on Monday. As always, all of the action will still be on S+A and S+A HD.


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