BOBBY Ray Parks looks forward to a playoff run that will hopefully go deeper this time around, as the Asean Basketball League enters the quarterfinal round.
The third-ranked San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is set to take on sixth-seed Saigon Heat starting with Game One of the best-of-three quarterfinals on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Game Two is on Wednesday, April 4 at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh, while Game Three, if necessary, is slated on Wednesday, April 11 at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
This season, Parks likes the Alab’s chances of going deeper than its semifinal exit last year, especially with Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman showing the way, and other veterans in the squad giving great support to the two imports.
“Coming into this year, we have a great group of guys, and a great coaching staff. These guys have experience. We have two NBA-caliber imports. We are here to back them up and do our best,” said Parks.
Alab was unable to clinch an outright semifinal berth after Chong Son Kung Fu defeated Hong Kong Eastern on Wednesday, giving Alab the third spot in the quarterfinals.
Parks said he doesn’t mind playing in the quarterfinals even though the injury-hit team needed a break after key local players in Josh Urbiztondo, Robby Celiz, and Rico Maierhofer suffered injuries in previous games.
“It’s great to be in the semis. It’s tough to sit out for that long. So we are kinda in a dilemma because we need rest. We just let God run His purpose and start from there,” said Parks.
Parks capped off the elimination round in a big way as he finished with 19 points and six assists in Alab Pilipinas’ 101-63 win over CLS Knights on Sunday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
”Everybody has their own injuries, to be honest. I’m stiff and feeling a little bit of pain. But I’m excited,” said Parks.