Injured birthday-boy Ray Parks decides against playing on, is proven right by teammates
Bobby Ray Parks says playing below 100 percent just wouldn't cut it. Jerome Ascano

BOBBY Ray Parks thought of playing through pain but then decided against it, trusting his teammates to get the job done.

Celebrating your 22nd birthday riding the bench was no fun, but the D-League Best Player of the Conference said playing way below 100 percent wouldn’t cut it. He left in the first quarter after dislocating his shoulder in a collision with Cagayan Valley’s Michael Mabulac.

“I had the will to come back in the game but 70 percent of myself is not really anything than my teammates,” said Parks.

Parks’ decision proved to be a wise one as Hapee managed to complete the sweep of the Aspirants Cup finals against Cagayan Valley, with Scottie Thompson coming up huge in the dying moments.

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“Si Scottie and the other guys, they are 100 percent and I believe na kaya nila talagang gawin. They’ve proven it out,” Parks said.

The two-time UAAP MVP returned to the bench in the third quarter, his arm already in a sling.

"Ever since bumalik ako, prayer talaga ('yung ginagawa ko). Akala ko nga katabi ko na si God eh. All the time, 'Lord rebound', 'Lord, one stop,'" Parks said.

Now Parks is set to visit renowned sports medicine expert Dr. Jose Canlas on Friday, hoping the injury isn’t serious. The Hapee star said he was able to pop the shoulder back into place in the dugout.

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