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    Parks repeats as ABL local MVP, Balkman settles for co-Defensive Player of Year award

    Apr 25, 2018
    Alab stars Ray Parks and Renaldo Balkman were among the players honored with individual awards before Game 2 of the ABL finals. Jerome Ascano

    RAY Parks extended his reign as the best local player in the Asean Basketball League for the second straight year, and this time, it wasn't even close. 

    Parks was named as the back-to-back local MVP moments before his San Miguel Alab Pilipinas took on Mono Vampire in Game Two of their best-of-five finals series on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna. 

    The second-generation star put up averages of 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists a game and was head and shoulders above his closest chasers in Hong Kong's Lee Ki and Delvin Goh of Singapore.

    The award was never really in question as Parks once again emerged as one of the top options for coach Jimmy Alapag in Alab's run to the finals.

    It couldn't have been any more evident in Game One of the Finals when Parks dropped 27 points before fouling out late in Alab’s win.

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      Chong Son Kung Fu's Anthony Tucker, however, edged out Renaldo Balkman for the World Import MVP award. 

      Tucker put up averages of 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists while leading Kung Fu to the best record after the 20 game eliminations at 15-5.

      Balkman wasn't that far behind with averages of 23 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He still got recognition as he was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year alongside the Slingers' Chris Charles - the first time the league gave out the award to two players. 

      The 33-year-old Alab import anchored the best defense in the league as he posted averages of  2.2 steals and 1.9 blocks while defending both in the interior and perimeter. 

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      Charles, a former Blackwater import, was also a force for Singapore defensively with averages of 2.9 blocks and 1.1 steals a game.

      Meanwhile, Fil-American Mikh McKinney of Chong Son edged out PBA-bound Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong and tantalizing Fil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman of Mono Vampire for the heritage MVP award.

      McKinney put up all around averages of 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists - narrowly beating Standhardinger who averaged 23.7 points and 11.7 rebounds, and Brickman who averaged 10.4 points, 10.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds while spearheading Mono's run to the Finals. 

      For guiding Chong Son to the top in their maiden year, Canadian coach Charles Dube-Brais rounded up the awardees as he was named the coach of the year beating finals-bound coaches Jimmy Alapag and Douglas Marty, and reigning coach of the year Edu Torres of Hong Kong.

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      Alab stars Ray Parks and Renaldo Balkman were among the players honored with individual awards before Game 2 of the ABL finals. Jerome Ascano
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