Ray Parks not sweating Alab's loss to Singapore
MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks is not too worried about Alab Pilipinas’ 66-71 loss to the Singapore Slingers in their first game of the 2016 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season, pointing out that they gave the tournament favorites a fight despite little preparation for the game.
Parks had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the loss, which saw Alab squander a lead in the third quarter and fail to complete a comeback in the fourth.
The visiting Slingers moved to 2-0 in the tournament, having won their opening game against defending champion Westport Malaysia Dragons.
“We lost as a team,” said Parks after the game. “There are a lot of adjustments that we need to do, but at the end of the day, it’s our first game. So we can take it with a grain of salt, and just move on to the next game.”
More than anything, Parks was encouraged by how they put up a big fight against the Slingers despite not being, by his own admission, “the most talented team.”
“They’re supposed to be the favorites,” he pointed out, referring to the talent-laden Singapore team. “But we played them, and we’ve only practiced five days, truthfully. So I feel good about that.”
The former National University star believes that as he and his teammates get to know each other more and recognize each other strengths and weaknesses, the more they can find the consistency that will lead to success.
“It’s more of a team thing,” he said. “It’s more about feeling my teammates and what they need me to do, and at the same time, I need to figure out their strengths to put them in the best position to score or for them to be in the right place defensively.”
“We have to stay out of foul trouble, too. We have to adjust to stuff that. Stuff like that, we can adjust too. I’m really excited for the next game,” he added.
Alab returns to action on December 4 against the Kaohsiung Truth at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.
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