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Brownlee sees bright future for Parks in the PBA


Miles Morales

Justin Brownlee was hardly surprised when Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. came up clutch to lead the Blackwater over Ginebra Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Brownlee and Parks played together for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League where they won a title.

“It was fun,” said the three-time PBA champion Brownlee.

“Me and him got a relationship like we’re friends and brothers so it’s a bit… Not weird, but we kinda got into the competitive mode and set aside that brotherhood and friendship.”

Brownlee and Parks guarded each other in the game, but the latter got the last laugh.

Parks Jr. finished with 28 points, including 10 in the extra period, to power his Blackwater to a thrilling 108-107 victory over the crowd darlings for a 2-0 start into the conference.

Though the defeat stung, Brownlee said he expects nothing but big things for the only three-time ABL Local Most Valuable Player in this journey of his in the Filipino pro league.

“I think that’s why – if I’m not mistaken – three-time MVP. I’ve seen him do it for the past three years in Alab even before I got there. I was keeping up with him and he was doing great,” said the reigning Commissioner’s Cup Best Import.

“I definitely expect big things for him in this league too.”