Ray Parks Jr. scored 28 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers in overtime, as Blackwater survived Barangay Ginebra in a 108-107 win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Blackwater upped its record to 2-0, while Ginebra, the tournament defending champion, lost its first game, despite Justin Brownlee scoring 44 points and coming up big in the extra period.
Alex Stepheson added 28 points and 25 rebounds, while Mac Belo contributed 20 and 13 for the Elite, who also needed overtime to beat Meralco in its previous game.
“The team is young and hungry,” Parks said of his team’s perfect start and back-to-back close wins.
“It’s a test of character. We’re ready to grow and trust one another.”
Brownlee, assigned to guard Parks late in the game and vice versa, tallied 10 rebounds and 7 assists, and shot an efficient 18 of 30 from the field to go with 8 3-pointers.
The two were teammates when San Miguel Alab Pilipinas won the ASEAN Basketball League title last year.
Greg Slaughter (24 points) was the only other Ginebra player who scored in double digits.
Parks and co. had a chance to take the win in regulation, but they botched their last possession on a miscommunication between Parks and Mike Digregorio.
In the extension, Parks' value to a Blackwater team thirsty for success emerged when he buried 2 triples and made a breakaway layup, part of a 12-3 run that put the Elite ahead 106-99.
After an LA Tenorio 3-pointer made it 106-104, Parks hit 2 free throws to give Blackwater a 4-point cushion.
With a chance to draw closer, Ginebra went to Brownlee, who drilled a tightly contested 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 108-107.
Blackwater came away empty-handed in the ensuing possession, setting up Ginebra for a possible game-winner. But Tenorio overshot a corner triple as time expired.
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