MPBL: Parks Jr. flirts with quadruple-double as Manda destroys Pasig

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2018 09:48 PM
Parks Jr. flirts with quadruple-double, Manda destroys Pasig
Ray Parks Jr. and Mandaluyong overwhelmed lowly Pasig from start to finish

Mandaluyong did not take long to show just how hungry it was for its first-ever winning streak in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Rampaging to a 16-0 start, the El Tigre buried Pasig in a hole it could never get out of for a 98-55 demolition job on Thursday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezpn City.

Ray Parks Jr. opened the floodgates and the rest of his teammates in the starting five only followed suit.

It wasn’t just on offense that Mandaluyong was on-point from the get-go, however, as it did not allow a single basket for the first five minutes.

Their lead would only balloon into as big as 50.

With the game already decided, head coach Mac Cuan decided to rest key cogs Parks Jr. and Prince Rivero for the final frame.

In their place, Kapamilya star Xian Lim was sent in and made good on his first-ever basket, a three from the top of the key early in the fourth. He wound up with six points, six rebounds, and one block.

Still, it all wouldn’t have been possible if not for Parks Jr.’s brilliance. In just 23 minutes of action, he tallied a triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

In fact, three steals more and we would’ve had a quadruple-double in the El Tigre’s second straight win following a season-opening loss.

It wasn’t meant to be, however, as Cuan decided against putting him on the floor for too long.

Despite the big win, though, Mandaluyong are nothing but confident they could do even better.

For the Pirates, Bernzon Franco showed the way with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double. They remain winless in three games.

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