Bobby Ray Parks says he's proud of what 'resilient' Bulldogs have accomplished in his absence
Bobby Ray Parks played three seasons with the Bulldogs before deciding to pursue his dream of an NBA career. Jaime Campos

BOBBY Ray Parks said he is proud of what unlikely league-leader National University has so far accomplished in his absence in Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The two-time league MVP watched from ringside as the Bulldogs won their fifth game in six outings with a come-from-behind 57-55 win over University of the East on Sunday.

It was the first time Parks saw his school play since he cut short his collegiate career with the Bulldogs to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA.

“I’m proud of them,” said Parks, who played three seasons with the Bulldogs but never got as far as the finals.

Parks is home for a much-needed vacation after training in the United States and missing out on a chance to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League.

Although it was the first time to see NU compete since he left for the US, Parks saw a lot of positives from the team.

“They were resilient. You can see the maturity in them. Going down the stretch, they were down by three points with four minutes left. They really just pulled it through and stayed composed,” he said.

Alfred Aroga had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win, while Gelo Alolino converted the go-ahead triple for the Bulldogs.

“Although they didn’t knock down free throws, they grabbed the boards that they needed for Gelo to make that shot. Kudos to them and the coaching staff for being resilient,” said Parks.

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