BOBBY Ray Parks Jr. played down his record-setting three-point shooting in Alab Pilipinas' 99-77 win over the Saigon Heat, saying it's only a matter of his teammates finding him open in ideal spots on the floor.
The Alab star went a perfect 8-for-8 from beyond the three-point land to set the record for most treys by a local player in the ABL, eclipsing the previous record of seven set by the Kaohsiung Truth’s Wesley Hsu just two days earlier.
“It just happened. It was just going in,” said Parks when asked about the shooting display.
More than the record, the performance bodes well for the career of the athletic Parks, whose outside shooting has always been regarded as the weakest point of a game that he hopes would be good enough to take him to the pinnacle of the sport.
Parks, though, isn't thinking that far ahead, motivated more to atone for a letdown of a loss to the Hong Kong Lions just days earlier than showing an improving aspect of his game.
According to Alab head coach Mac Cuan, the former NBA D-League player was focus personified in the days after Alab was humiliated by Hong Kong, 93-80, last January 22 - the heaviest defeat of the Philippine side in its debut season in the ABL.
“Ray has been focused all week. I can see in his eyes na he wants to bounce back after that loss to Hong Kong,” said Cuan.
Parks simply shot the lights out. He already had five triples in the first half before finishing with 35 points in the game, six shy of his 41-point performance against Kaohsiung last month in a game that was also held at the Olivarez College Gym.
A desperate Saigon side tried every defense it could muster, even a box-and-one, but it couldn't slow down Parks who hit three more triples in the third quarter without a miss to set the record.
In the end, it was a stiff shoulder which had a better chance of slowing down Parks.
But it didn't.
“Sakit ng shoulder ko sobra. Nahirapan lang ako because it was stiffing up,” said Parks, who was nonetheless quick to ease any concerns about the sore shoulder.
“Breaking the record is a good testament of how my teammates were looking to me. Maganda rin ‘yung ginawa nila na tinakbo nila ‘yung zone, nag-box and 1. We did a good job switching up and the coaching staff communicating,” he added.