MANILA, Philippines – Bobby Ray Parks had to dig deep to describe his match up with the pesky Kevin Ferrer.
Pistons’ “Jordan Rules,” referring to the era when Detroit’s Bad Boys did anything and everything to halt Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls in the NBA, was the best Parks could come up with.
“Michael Jordan had Detroit, this is my Detroit. This is my Detroit right here,” he said as he faced reporters after National University’s 62-71 loss to University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.
When asked who Ferrer was in that physical Pistons’ line-up, he said, “He’s everybody and more.”
It was no secret Ferrer has effectively pestered the two-time MVP in last year’s final four, and the Tigers’ lanky forward did so again as the Tigers aimed to neutralize the Bulldogs’ twice-to-beat edge.
Ferrer, armed with his wiry arms and plastered smirk all game, was all over Parks anew and held him to 14 points while churning out the same output for UST built on four triples.
But this time, Parks said Ferrer went “too low” when the third year forward allegedly grabbed his wrist and pinky finger after he badly landed on it with 3:32 left in the game.
“I landed on it when I got hit in the air. I sprained my pinky at the same time. Worst is, coming back to the game Kevin Ferrer grabbed my wrist and my fingers,” he said.
“I just want to stay inside [the dugout] and calm myself first before I accept this interview because I might end up saying the wrong things.”
Parks’ left arm was heavily wrapped, especially his ring and pinky fingers, and is due for an X-ray to confirm the extent of his injury on Monday.
But Parks admitted that the Bulldogs, after just absorbing blow after blow in the first half, needed to come out with the same intensity as the Tigers did as they face off anew on Saturday.
“For me it’s not about intimidation, we came out passive. I think we came out too relaxed,” Parks said. “We just got to bounce back and be aggressive and come out with the sense of urgency.”