MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University's (FEU) Jasper Parker had plenty of extra motivation on Sunday when they played University of the East (UE) in a crucial UAAP Season 80 game at the Big Dome.
This is because for the first time in his UAAP career, his family was able to watch him play. Parker's father arrived from California last Friday, with the rest of the family following suit on Saturday.
"I have to say I had a lot of inspiration today with my family here," said Parker. "In Cebu, they already watched me play for SWU (Southwestern University). But for the UAAP, yes, (this is the first time)."
Parker did not let his family down. In front of his parents and brothers, he put up 18 points and eight assists, while knocking down the dagger three-pointers that capped FEU's 79-63 victory over the Red Warriors. It was his best game in a Tamaraw uniform.
The win boosted FEU's hopes of making the Final Four, while also ousting UE from playoff contention.
"We have two games left (in the elimination), and these are definitely big games for us," said Parker. "Hopefully, we get these wins for us to get to the Final Four."
If the Tamaraws do make the Final Four, Parker's family will surely be there to cheer for them.
"They'll be here until the 24th of November," said Parker. "Just in time for the semis, so perfect timing."
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