San Miguel Alab Pilipinas concluded its magical season and came out victorious against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Wednesday night, winning the ABL championship in five games.
And for two-time Local MVP Ray Parks, his unfinished business is now complete.
Prior to the start of the Finals, Parks was already thinking about his late father, Bobby Ray Parks Sr. The elder Parks led the San Miguel Beermen to the ABL Finals back in 2012, before losing to the Indonesia Warriors.
“I was thinking about that even before all of this because to be honest his last mark was in the ABL,” Parks said after their semifinals series against Hong Kong. “And me, I wanted to do the ABL first before I step into the PBA or whatever God has planned for me.”
Parks delivered on his quest to win an ABL title for his dad by putting on an incredible show in the Finals against Mono Vampire. Through five games, the local sensation put up 22.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists, earning a Finals MVP trophy.
“I got emotional very early,” Parks admitted on Wednesday night, as he fought tears in the postgame press conference. “I’m just thankful to boss Charlie (Dy) for the opportunity and coach Jimmy (Alapag), who I really did look up to when I was young.”
Besides putting up gaudy numbers throughout the series Parks had been assigned by Alapag and his coaching staff the difficult task of guarding Jason Brickman. He shadowed Mono’s facilitator the best he could to limit the offense of the Thailand team.
“Can’t say enough about this guy,” head coach Jimmy Alapag graciously said about his top local. “Battled through foul trouble but still was in there, defending a great point guard like Jason Brickman.”
“[I’m] Just really proud of our guys. We came out ready to battle, ready to fight, right from the opening minute,” the rookie coach went on.
With Parks leading the way, Alab took over Game 5 by executing efficiently both ends of the floor. World Imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman also got their groove going as Mono Vampire never found theirs. The championship night was the culmination of the hard work and perseverance by the Philippine team. It was also a particularly special moment for Parks who has been with the franchise the past two years.
“It was just a beautiful feeling to be here in the championship game, in Game 5, and bring it back home to the Philippines,” Parks said as the Philippines won its third title in ABL history. “Playing in front of your countrymen. It’s an honor.”
As emotional as Parks was after the getting championship, he was able to describe what he was feeling in the most perfect and simplest way moments after the game.
“Dad, we did it.”