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    Kevin Ferrer gets back at old rival Ray Parks in NorthPort debut

    Jun 23, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    IT didn't take long for Kevin Ferrer to get another shot at old rival Ray Parks.

    Merely a month since their first faceoff in the pro league, the two met each other once again, this time with Ferrer now suiting up for NorthPort.

    Unlike in their first meeting, where Parks' Blackwater had the last laugh, scoring 28 points in a 108-107 overtime victory over Ginebra, it was Ferrer's turn to gain the upper hand.

    The former University of Santo Tomas forward made life hard for his National University counterpart as he steered the Batang Pier to a 127-99 rout of the Elite on Saturday.

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      Ferrer fired 19 of his 23 points on a sizzling 5-of-11 shooting from threes, to go with six assists and five boards in his NorthPort debut.

      But as always, Ferrer reiterated that it's all business whenever he faces off against Parks.

      "Business ito eh. Trabaho ito at ginawa ko lang yung trabaho ko. Sabi lang din ni coach Pido (Jarencio), gawin ko yung trabaho ko kay Parks at sila na bahala sa iba," he said, relishing the extended minutes he's been given in his new squad.

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      "Sobrang gigil ako. Pero wala naman akong ibang ginagawa. Binabantayan ko lang si Parks. Gusto ko lang siyang i-stop, gusto ko lang din patunayan na kaya kong dumepensa din."

      Ferrer's imprint was evident, with Parks only scoring 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter with the game already decided.

      But the duel is the least of Ferrer's concerns, knowing that it's always inevitable to cross paths with his old collegiate foe.

      "Wala naman sa akin. Oo, 1-1 kami, pero magkikita at magkikita kami. Maliit lang ang mundo at konti lang ang teams dito sa PBA," he said.

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