MPBL: Parks Jr. attributes historic triple-double to team effort

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2018 10:22 PM
MPBL: Parks attributes historic triple-double to team effort
Ray Parks Jr. had 20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and seven steals - yes, just three steals shy of a rare quadruple-double

For only the second time in the still young existence of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a player has tallied a triple-double.

And it could have even been a quadruple-double, if only the said player played more than just 23 minutes.

Nonetheless, what Ray Parks Jr. achieved on Thursday should be celebrated as he collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Mandaluyong to a 98-55 demolition job of Pasig.

He follows Andoy Estrella who recorded the league’s first ever triple-double last conference.

Actually, if only Parks Jr. had gotten three more steals, he would have been the first-ever player to notch a quadruple-double in league history.

With the game well out of reach after three quarters, however, El Tigre head coach Mac Cuan decided to rest his top gun. “Sayang yung quadruple-double, pero mas importante yung healthy siya e,” he told reporters post-game.

After all, what’s important is that after a loss in the first game, Parks Jr. and his teammates are finally proving their worth. “Ray’s just showing what he’s capable of. After what happened in Game 1, I think he learned from it,” the mentor said.

For the 25-year-old, he couldn’t have done what he did without his teammates having the same determination that he had. “It was just a great team effort. My teammates were looking for me and they also knocked down their shots,” he said.

Still, Parks Jr. made it clear that even after his near quadruple-double and their back-to-back wins, all of them still could do better. “We still have a lot to learn right now. We just have to use this as a stepping stone to build for the next game,” he said.

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