BOBBY Ray Parks plays his for a club team on Philippine soil for the first time in over a year as Alab Pilipinas makes its debut in the Asean Basketball League on Sunday against the Singapore Slingers at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Parks last saw action in the Philippines with Gilas Pilipinas a few months ago, but suits up for Alab Pilipinas on Sunday in his first game for a club since leading Hapee to the finals of the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup in the conference where he won the Most Valuable Player.
Gametime is at 8 p.m.
Parks suited up for the Dallas Mavericks Summer League team, and played for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League during the 2015-2016 season. He selected in the sixth round of the NBA D-League draft this year by the Westchester Knicks but didn’t make the opening day roster.
Now, Parks returns to the Philippines play for Alab for the Philippines, which looks to match the feat of 2010 ABL champions Philippine Patriots and 2013 titlist San Miguel Beer.
First test for Alab is the Slingers, who finished second to the Westports Malaysia Dragons last year.
The Slingers had an impressive debut on opening night on Friday, beating the Dragons, 80-62, at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
Justin Howard had 22 points, while Xavier Alexander had 20 for the Slingers, and making a good account of himself was local player Wei Meng Leon Kwek, who had 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Fil-American Ali Austria is part of the Slingers as their Asean Heritage import.
In Hong Kong, the home team Eastern Long Lions battle Kaohsiung Truth in a battle of expansion teams.