Parks takes spotlight in rousing win vs Ginebra: 'I love playing big games'
MANILA, Philippines – Against the most popular PBA team, Ray Parks made sure not to shy away from the bright lights.
The second overall pick displayed his full offensive repertoire down the stretch to help Blackwater catch a big fish in Barangay Ginebra with a 108-107 overtime win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday, May 24.
Parks' clutch gene was in full display as he scored 10 points in the extra period to finish with a team-high-tying 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.
"I love playing big games and I love playing against great competition," Parks said of facing the crowd-favorite Gin Kings.
"Ginebra's one of the best teams. Just having that crowd environment too is great. Today was just the breaks of the game and we ended up with the win."
The game came down to Parks in the final 30 seconds after he was sent to the free throw line with a chance to make it a four-point lead for Blackwater.
It was a familiar situation for him following their slim 94-91 overtime triumph over Meralco nearly a week ago when Gani Lawal almost forged a second extra period with a triple after Parks split his foul shots.
But Parks would not commit the same mistake, cooly icing his freebies for a 108-104 advantage.
Justin Brownlee made it a one-point game for Ginebra with a resounding trey only to witness Scottie Thompson airball the potential game-winning three-pointer.
"At least I showed one part of my game that you know... people say I wasn't clutch last time with the free throws and now what? I made shots so now it's just up to get better," Parks said.
Although the Elite are unbeaten after back-to-back overtime games, Parks stressed the need to remain grounded even if they face winless Columbian at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, May 26.
"This win won't mean anything if we don't win on Sunday. It will just cancel out. We just have to keep growing from here." – Rappler.com