Parks scores 32 as NU overtakes La Salle at fourth



MANILA, Philippines – Ray Parks delivered in the second half to help National University overtake De La Salle in the standings following a 72-62 win Sunday night in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Parks, the reigning MVP, unleashed 24 points in the second half, including a 17-point outburst in the pivotal third quarter where the Bulldogs kept the Green Archers from drawing closer.

“We were very happy about the decision and we used that good favor to inspire us for this game and today we really played good defense,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano, whose team moved into fourth place at 7-4.

“We knew coming into the game how important this is. We were really focused on this game,” added Altamirano.

The six-foot-four Parks ended up with 32 points, his sixth 30-point game, to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

“For it’s not about the points. I’m just trying to help the team. Most important thing is we won the game,” said Parks.

NU led by as many as 16, 53-37, on a drive by Parks at the 2:10 mark of the third quarter.

The Bulldogs’ big men also played a key role as Emmanuel Mbe and Henri Betayene took turns in defending Archers center Norbert Torres.

Torres struggled as he shot a woeful three-of-15 from the field for a futile six-point night

Gelo Alolino added 11 points for NU.

Jeron Teng paced La Salle, which fell to 7-5, with a quiet 20 points on 21 shots.

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  • Dennis

    Yeah, Yeng Guiao props up his team by ordering them to roughhouse their opponents. That’s the mark of a good coach all right. And that’s how his team won the last conference of the PBA.

  • Wee

    Dlsu’s spirit was evidently low even when the first five players were being introduced. Players were not giving powerful hand gestures, high fives for the first-five. Some even had their backs facing the first five while they were being introduced. i dont think you win games if a team is not fully aligned. The coach needs to prepare his troops mentally, not just physically. I remember how Yeng Guiao does a wonderful job masterfully preparing his team psychologically,without any blue chip superstars.

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