Just a minor Parks injury

NU star ready for UST Saturday

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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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  • tyopaeng

    Palusot pa…kung talo..TALO!!!
    TRY HARD NEXT TIME…
    Si Teng nga inupakan ng kasamahan mo nagreklamo ba?

  • archerfan

    just play your game and stop being a cry baby! naunahan ka ng angas ni ferrer so nawala focus mo! he did a great job on you, period. so just man up and do better next game. Unfortunately, ust has a more experienced team and a witty coach so lets see how nu adjusts. its going to be a great game for sure.

  • William Cervantes

    There is a need to clear up Park’s comment “no intention to hurt anybody”. Undoubtedly, his case is an accident unlike the his team mate’s personal foul on Teng in the first round that resulted to sidelining and missing many games. I recall there was no sanction meted out for this incident. So if he is insinuating that any of the Tigers was out to harm him, I believe it is the other way around.

  • Tsoy Kolokoy

    The “cry baby” was’nt seriously hurt after all!! What do you know, its all whining and whinging.

    • Scrapper Keeper

      He was not seriously hurt, but he was still hurt. If you’re seriously hurt, you can’t play. If you’re hurt, you can play but with much discomfort. Try playing with a jammed thumb and let’s talk about whining. You don’t play basketball, do you?

      • tyopaeng

        Si Teng nagreklamao ba nu’ng inupakan ng taga NU?
        Basketball yan pre hindi Chess….

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