BOBBY Ray Parks delivered big time in his first game against Barangay Ginebra, finishing with 28 points including clutch baskets in Blackwater’s overtime victory on Friday.
The Blackwater rookie scored the final seven points of the Elite, lifting his team to a 108-107 win over the Gin Kings to stay unbeaten in thrilling fashion.
Leading the Elite to victory was Parks, who admitted enjoying playing in front of a big stage that is competing against the most popular team in the country.
“I love playing big games. I love playing against great competition,” said Parks. “Ginebra is one of the best teams, to be honest. Just that crowd environment is great. I’ll say it again. I love the fans. I love our fans for coming in and supporting. Today as breaks of the game and we ended up getting the win.”
Parks took over in overtime, scoring 10 of Blackwater’s 14 points in the extra period to pick up the victory.
“I appreciate coach for trusting me, keeping me in the game, and playing me in a position and my teammates trusted me to get the ball,” Parks said. “It’s just great. Each game is a motivation.”
The 26-year-old Parks also took the comments about him of not being a clutch player as a challenge.
“At least I showed one part of my game that people say I wasn’t clutch the last time. Now what. I made shots. I just have to get better to be honest,” Parks said.
Parks though is not celebrating too much as Blackwater is set to face Columbian on Sunday. With just one day of rest, Parks’ focus is immediately on the next match as the Elite go for a 3-0 record.
“It won’t mean anything if we don’t get Sunday,” Parks said. “We are growing each and every game. At the end of the day, as long as we get the win, that’s the most important thing.”
“We’ve been tried and tested the first game. We went into overtime. I feel like we are going through trials and go through all these hurdles. It can only make us stronger,” said Parks.