BOBBY Ray Parks admitted he got added motivation from an article comparing his numbers when he set a league record playing against newly-formed Kaohsiung Truth and his output when he played against Asean Basketball League founding member Singapore Slingers.
An article on the ABL website noted Parks set a league record 41 against the Truth then noted the Fil-Am guard “only had a quiet 15 points” against the Slingers.
It was also mentioned that Singapore’s Mitchell Folkoff who was tasked as primary defender on Alab Pilipinas’ top scorer Parks.
“I try to play hard to help my team win especially on the defensive end. I feel like I’m a pretty good defender and I thrive on coming in and trying stopping the opposing team’s best player. I like the challenge,” Folkoff was quoted as saying.
Parks admitted the article added “more fuel to the fire.”
“Who,” Parks said when asked by reporters about Folkoff. “Hey, I don’t throw the first shots but I make sure that I end it,” said Parks.
“I read the article too. I read what he claimed. For me, no intended, if you are a true Bobby Ray Parks stopper, then bring it. That’s fine with me. It adds more fuel to the fire,” Parks said.
Parks came up with 17 points, nine rebounds, and four assists as he led Alab to a 74-72 win over the Slingers.
It was Alab’s first win against Singapore this season, and fourth in six games.
“For me, if I had 17-9-4, 6-of-11 shooting, then you say you stop me, that’s kinda… I don’t know,” said Parks.
“You can’t wake up a sleeping dragon,” said Parks.
The former NBA D-League player said he is happy for the team, getting 2017 off to a fine start.
Alab began with a 15-4 start, and built a 13-3 run that but the squad ahead, 74-63, but a 9-0 run almost led to a collapse for the Philippine-based side.
“A win is a win. It’s a good win going into 2017. We made a lot of adjustments na kailangan naming gawin. At the end of the day, it’s good to get the win at home, for boss Charlie (Dy, Alab co-team owner) and coach Mac (Cuan),” said Parks.