Blackwater started the conference with something that’s still unfamiliar territory for the franchise – 3 successive wins.
And for rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr., their victories over Meralco, Brgy. Ginebra and Columbian weren’t flukes.
“We’re for real. We’re for real. That’s one thing I can say, we’re for real. It just goes to show the hard work that we put in. We’re young, like what I said. It’s a different type of Blackwater right now,” said Parks on the team’s sizzling start.
“It’s a testament to the hard work, all the way from the coaches, to the ball boys, to us, to the management, and we’re just reaping the benefits right now,” added the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Parks.
Parks has been averaging 23.67 points, 5.33 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.33 steals in hist first 3 games in the pro league but he points to teamwork as the primary reason for the team’s upsurge.
“It’s not just about me. Everybody is doing their part. That’s what I said on the bench. Even Roi Sumang, I had to applaud. He came in frustrated. He had three fouls early, came back and knock down some big shots and big stops. I applaud him for that.”
“Allein Maliksi came in as a veteran and knocked down big shots. Even Rabeh (Al-Hussaini) coming off the bench. It’s not just one person,” explained the second overall pick in last year’s rookie draft.
Up next for the Elite are the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters on May 31 and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on June 2, two teams which made the semifinals of the Philippine Cup.