ONE weekend into the new season and National University star Bobby Ray Parks is quick to back up his words.
Last season's MVP looked every inch a team player just as he had vowed prior to this year's UAAP campaign, churning out a brilliant all-around game in the Bulldogs' 90-55 win over the University of the East on Saturday.
The son of seven-time PBA import Bobby Sr. scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds but obviously takes a lot more pride from two other entries in his stats line -- his six assists and three shotblocks, which was only next to Cameroonian rookie Henri Joel Betayene's team-best four.
Last year, Parks averaged just 2.9 assists and 1.1 blocks a game.
“I’m proud of my team because we just defended and run, that’s what we really wanted to do. My word for the team is just to stay focused, stay humble and stay together,” Parks said.
Parks also appears to have matured in his role as the team’s leader.
“It’s really fun to play with my teammates because everybody can score. My job is just to be a leader. At least, all I can do is be a facilitator, a general on the court and be another coach on the floor.”
Parks and the Bulldogs will get their first real test on Sunday when they face the four-time defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles.