Parks set to fin­ish out Alab con­tract

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AS­SURED that he can play out his en­tire con­tract with Alab Pilip­inas, Bobby Ray Parks shifts to­tal fo­cus on help­ing the team re­tains its ASEAN Bas­ket­ball League (ABL) ti­tle.

Char­lie Dy, who rep­re­sents the 25-year-old Fil-am, ad­mit­ted Parks had one less bur­den to think of af­ter the PBA gave him the go-sig­nal to fin­ish his con­tract witb Alab with­out com­pro­mis­ing his com­mit­ment with mother team Black­wa­ter.

“Ray can now fully con­cen­trate play­ing for Alab in the ABL be­fore tak­ing care of his duty with Black­wa­ter,” said Dy be­fore the team left for Taipei for its Sun­day game against For­mosa Dream­ers.

JUNE Mar Fa­jardo once again made his­tory, re­ceiv­ing his fifth straight PBA Most Valu­able Player award dur­ing the Leo Awards on Sun­day at the Philip­pine Arena.

Fa­jardo sur­passed Pure­foods star Alvin Pat­ri­mo­nio and Mon Fer­nan­dez with the most num­ber of MVP trophies.

It is also the PBA record for most num­ber of MVPS won in con­sec­u­tive years.

The San Miguel cen­ter av­er­aged 20.6 points, 12.4 re­bounds and 1.2 blocks in Sea­son 43.

Fa­jardo had a to­tal of 2,436 points, beat­ing Stan­ley Pringle of

Black­wa­ter seeks PBA com­mis­sioner’s in­ter­ven­tion in Ray Parks stand­off

The two-time UAAP and ABL MVP found him­self in the mid­dle of a tug-of-war be­tween Alab and Black­wa­ter, which se­lected him no. 2 over­all in last year’s rookie draft.

The Elite wanted Parks to play for them right away dur­ing the sea­son-opener Philip­pine Cup, which will run in con­flict with his ten­ure with Alab.

But af­ter in­sist­ing that Parks made it clear he will ful­fill his con­tract with Alab un­til the end of the ABL sea­son as what was stip­u­lated when he ap­plied for the draft, Black­wa­ter el­e­vated Northport, who had 2,041 points.

The San Miguel cen­ter won in the me­dia votes with 777, and the PBA votes with 300, while ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 1,032 sta­tis­ti­cal points and 327 player votes.

Pringle topped the sta­tis­ti­cal points with 1,107 and player votes with 395, and got 389 me­dia votes and 150 PBA votes.

Pringle, Paul Lee of Mag­no­lia, Japeth Aguilar of Gine­bra and Marcio Las­siter of San Miguel joined Fa­jardo in the first Myth­i­cal Team.

Scot­tie Thomp­son of Barangay Gine­bra, Mark Bar­roca of Mag­no­lia, the case be­fore the PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice.

The Elite con­tended that Parks’ case has no ap­proval of the league board un­like the sit­u­a­tion of Chris­tian Stand­hardinger last sea­son when he played out his con­tract with Hong Kong Eastern Li­ons in the ABL be­fore com­ing on board San Miguel dur­ing the Com­mis­sioner’s Cup.

Upon re­view of passed board meet­ing though, PBA le­gal coun­sel Melvin Men­doza didn’t find any for­mal board res­o­lu­tion on the Stand­hardinger case, prompt­ing the league to al­low Parks to fin­ish his com­mitt­ment with Alab. Ar­wind San­tos of San Miguel, Poy Er­ram of Black­wa­ter and Matthew Wright of Phoenix were named to the sec­ond Myth­i­cal Team.

Ja­son Perkins of Phoenix Pulse beat for­mer La Salle team­mate Jeron Teng of Alaska for the Rookie of the Year award, Gabe Nor­wood of Rain or Shine bagged the Sports­man­ship Award and Thomp­son was named Most Im­proved Player.

Nor­wood, Fa­jardo, Rafi Reavis of Mag­no­lia, Rome Dela Rosa of Mag­no­lia and Chris Ross of San Miguel were named to the All-de­fen­sive Team./ spin.ph

“It was a fair rul­ing as there was a prece­dent with Chris­tian Stand­hardinger just last year,” said Dy, while also adding the pre­vi­ous cases of Alvin Pat­ri­mo­nio with Pure­foods (1988) and Don Al­lado with Alaska (1999).

“Chris­tian (Stand­hardinger) wasn’t even rep­re­sent­ing a Philip­pine club team,” Dy noted.

Black­wa­ter man­age­ment said it will re­spect the de­ci­sion of the league and just await for Parks’ avail­abil­ity.

“Yes we re­spect the de­ci­sion of the com­mis­sioner,” said Black­wa­ter gov­er­nor Sil­i­man Sy./ spin.ph

JEROME ASCANO CAPI­TOL PHOTO

JUNE Mar Fa­jardo re­ceives his fifth straight PBA Most Valu­able Player award dur­ing the Leo Awards on Sun­day at the Philip­pine Arena. PALARO BID. Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Vice Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son (3rd from right) leads the Ne­grense del­e­ga­tion who will bid for the Palarong Pam­bansa 2021 in Manila to­day. In photo are Pro­vin­cial In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Karen Din­say, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion6 direc­tor Gemma Ledesma, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Schools Divi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Por­tia Mal­lorca, Romeo Si­son of Deped Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, and Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant to the Vice Gov­er­nor Jonathan Lo­ba­ton.

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