Parks silences doubters as Alab seizes lead with Game 3 victory

first_imgBobby Ray Parks leads Alab Pilipinas past Mono Vampire.BANGKOK—For all his individual awards, Ray Parks is aware of the criticisms directed him. He hasn’t won enough titles with him as the cornerstone of the team. He gets overwhelmed by big moments.Over the course of his second season in the Asean Basketball League, Parks is slowly but surely quashing those doubts.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Vargas inducts new PBF officers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Knocking down the biggest shots of the game in front of a hostile crowd, the reigning ABL local Most Valuable Player lifted San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to a stunning 99-93 victory over Mono Vampire that put the Filipino club on the brink of a championship celebration.Alab rode Parks’ hot shooting in crunchtime as the former National U star shrugged off early foul trouble, nailing eight of his game-high 30 points inside the last three minutes to help the Filipinos survive another whirlwind finish for a 2-1 series lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGame 4 is set on Monday still at Stadium 29, where Alab will try to become the third Filipino club to claim the crown in the regional tournament, after the Philippine Patriots and the San Miguel Beermen.“This is what we live for, championship games. I’m here (in the finals) and I’m just going to take this opportunity,” Parks said. “My teammates just trust me to make big shots.” Parks hit back-to-back treys to quell the Thai club’s late-game surge, before knocking down a tough fadeaway over Mono’s Heritage import Paul Zamar with 1:15 seconds remaining for a 95-90 lead.“I think he’s just continuing to grow as a player,” Alapag said, referring to Parks. “I was fortunate enough to spend time with Ray in the national team and I’ve just been really impressed with his growth. Tonight, without a doubt, that was just an MVP type of performance.”“Every time momentum was going to us, we needed him (Parks) to miss shots,” said Mono coach Douglas Marty. “He didn’t.”Living up their coach’s tag as a tough and resilient group, Alab bounced back in the series even after doubts that Justin Brownlee was going to be sidelined by a hamstring injury following cramps in the Game 2 loss.Alapag said he was ready to sit out Brownlee, before the well-loved former Barangay Ginebra import told him that he was ready to go just 20 minutes before tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT He ended up scoring 27 points, with 17 coming in the second half, where Alab finally found its groove. Brownlee sparked a 15-2 burst to end the third to put the Filipinos ahead to stay, 75-67.Renaldo Balkman had 24 points, including 18 in the first half to help Alab stay within striking distance of Mono. But it was Alab’s sheer hard work and defensive stance that also gave them a lift as they outrebounded a Mono team boasting 7-foot-5 reinforcement Sam Deguara, 58-42.“I’ve said a lot this season but I’m just really proud of these guys,” Alapag said.“They’ve been a resilient group throughout and tonight was just another opportunity to show that. Justin wasn’t a 100 percent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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