ABL: Make no mistake about it – Ray Parks Jr. is a winner

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 03, 2018 04:37 PM
ABL: Make no mistake about it – Ray Parks Jr. is a winner
Champion. Finals MVP. Back-to-back Local MVP. Don't say Ray Parks Jr. hasn't made the most out of his time with Alab Pilipinas

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Ray Parks Jr. has long had many individual awards.

Back-to-back UAAP MVP. Three-time UAAP Mythical Team. PBA D-League MVP. SEABA MVP. Back-to-back Asean Basketball League Local MVP.

What has long eluded the Filipino-American, however, are championships – his only major one being a PBA D-League title with the Hapee Fresh Fighters.

That is no longer the case after Alab Pilipinas romped through Mono Vampire in Game 5 of the Finals last Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex and registered their first championship in franchise history.

Of course, Parks Jr. was a big part of that run, averaging 22 points and 5.6 rebounds en route to being recognized as the Finals MVP.

And now that he has another major title, a big-time regional one at that, there can no longer be any doubt that he’s nothing but a winner.

So much so that he just had to let his emotions out post-game. “Y’all been grilling me about not winning championships. Hey, we here now. We got what we came for,” he told reporters with a wide smile.

He then continued, “I got the net, got the trophy, got the MVP. I’m just gonna enjoy this.”

Indeed, the freshly-minted champion deserves to do just that as he came through no matter what was happening around him. “Give me an opportunity and I’m make the most of it. Getting better as a player and winning a championship is everybody’s goal – to do both is great,” he said, reflecting on the season that was.

And in the end, Parks Jr. wants to do nothing but share this personal triumph with all of Alab. “Being around all these great players and coaches, it just allowed me to grow. So I’m just thankful to Alab for the opportunity,” he said.

He then continued, “I’m just thankful for my teammates and coaches for trusting me.”

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