Bobby Ray Parks Jr. dazzles in Japan B. League debut

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is having a good time with Nagoya (Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Facebook)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

Former PBA superstar Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was quick to introduce himself in Japan after impressing in his highly-anticipated B. League debut for team Nagoya.

The hefty lefty combo guard’s flawless performance helped Nagoya defeat the Gunma squad in a convincing fashion, 108-88

Parks was perfect from the field, sinking all of his five attempts to end his debut with 12 points, a dime, and a rebound in just 17 minutes of action.

The former TNT Tropang Giga star also provided the much-needed defensive lift Nagoya needed after playing solid defense against Gunma’s import Trey McKinney-Jones.

Parks joined a storied Nagoya franchise after finishing at the top of the B. League standings but eventually fell short in their bid for a championship.

Meanwhile, Parks’ co-Filipino Asian imports in the B. League will also make their Japan debut: Dwight Ramos, Kemark Cariño, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, and Kobe Paras.

Gilas Pilipinas young star Thirdy Ravena already made his first game back with the San-En NeoPhoenix but suffered a disappointing overtime loss, 81-84.