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Just a minor Parks injury

NU star ready for UST Saturday

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09:12 PM September 23rd, 2013

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By: Jasmine W. Payo, September 23rd, 2013 09:12 PM

NATIONAL U will have a healthy Ray Parks (right) for its playoff match against UST. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Ray Parks was cleared of a  major injury yesterday as the National University star tries to lead the Bulldogs in their second and final attempt to clinch a championship berth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament this week.

Parks came out of the dugout with a heavily bandaged hand after the game last Sunday due to an injury he sustained in the Bulldogs’ 71-62 loss to the underdog University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers that pushed their semifinal series into a do-or-die game.

Team officials said Parks had no fracture whatsoever but sustained a sprain on his left wrist and pinky finger.

“His X-ray is clear,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

Parks landed on his wrist after a baseline drive at the 3:22 mark as the Bulldogs rallied and trimmed the Tigers’ 18-point lead to a single digit.

The two-time MVP got back in the game, but described as “too low”  a move by UST  forward Kevin Ferrer to grab his injured hand.

“I guess they were thirsty for the win,” said Parks, the son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks. “But we have to come out and play  with no intention to hurt somebody.”

The No. 1 Bulldogs aim to advance to the Finals for the first time in 43 years against the Tigers in their winner-take-all on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle, the No. 2 seed also holding a twice-to-beat edge, will shoot for the first title berth against Far Eastern University at 4 p.m. tomorrow also at MOA Arena.

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