Manila, Philippines – A week before the UAAP season, Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. promised that he will be more of a defender and a facilitator in his quest to help National University become a title contender.
The reigning Most Valuable Player made good on his promise on Saturday after an all-around performance that propelled the Bulldogs to a lopsided 80-55 rout of University of the East at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Parks provided a stellar defense effort while sharing the ball to his teammates for outside jumpers. By halftime, he had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists as NU erupted in the second quarter for a 48-23 lead.
“I’m trying to be more of a leader,” said Parks, who finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes of action. “Because my teammates are scorers too so it’s better for me to be more of a facilitator like a coach on the floor.” (Jonas Terrado)