BANGKOK — San Miguel Alab Pilipinas star Bobby Ray Parks said the story of Jack O’Brien’s passion for Philippine basketball became a source of inspiration for the team coming into Game Three of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) finals.
After a Game Two loss at home on Wednesday, Parks signed a jersey for American fan and blogger O’Brien, who was left in tears by the gesture.
In an interview with SPIN.ph afterwards, O’Brien expressed his admiration for Parks as well as his passion for Philippine basketball.
Parks said the video of O’Brien was shown by the Alab Pilipinas coaching staff led Jimmy Alapag to the team during their preparations for Game Three.
“One video that inspired us was Jack O’Brien. Coach played it. It really brought tears to our eyes because you can see the sacrifice and the hardwork that he put in,” said Parks.
“Leaving our families, leaving our loved ones and coming out here to represent the Philippines the best way we could and put our mind and soul to this game. It’s a beautiful thing to get the win not just for us but for the people that we love,” Parks said.
Parks put on a show on Saturday when he had 30 points to lift Alab Pilipinas to a 99-93 win over Mono Vampire Basketball Club to give his team a 2-1 lead in the finals series.
Even though he had a team-high in scoring, Parks said it was a total team effort for Alab Pilipinas.
“Isang karangalan naman talaga na makalaro para sa bayan. Coach Jimmy (Alapag), our coaches, two great imports, we are just a great team. We are a great family. It’s just beautiful that we are out here playing our hearts out,” said Parks.