Ray Parks sees bright future ahead for Matthew Aquino
MANILA, Philippines — Playing on different sides, Filipinos Ray Parks and Matt Aquino shared the same sentiments after their game in the Emperor’s Cup in Japan on Sunday.
Despite losing to Aquino and the Shinshu Brave Warriors, Parks had nothing but good things to say about the young center, who is also a product of National University like him.
“He is still young, growing, and learning,” Parks said in an interview with Lionel Piguet of Kansai Sport in Japan.
“Hopefully, we had more time on the court to share. At the end of the day, he has a bright future ahead of him. I’m proud of him.”
Aquino, made his Japan debut last Saturday, played sparingly in Shinshu’s 90-80 win over Parks and the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins.
“It was good because we leave it all on the court but outside, we are brothers,” said Aquino, who is one of nine Filipinos signed in the B.League. “It was good. We are all brothers here and representing the same country. It’s really good.”
“At the end of the day, we represent our country but we still have to be professionals. We have to go out there and compete,” said Parks.
The Brave Warriors continued their winning ways on Monday after clipping the Hiroshima Dragonflies, 69-67, to make the Emperor’s Cup semifinals.