The Texas Legends ended their five-game road trip on a losing note after absorbing their second straight loss, 122-131, at the hands of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).
The road trip, however, saw the emergence of Fil-Am Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. who earned his spot in the Legends' regular rotation with his defense and solid play.
The 22-year old Parks, Jr. averaged 6.2 points on 45.8 shooting clip plus 2.8 rebounds and close to one assist in 16.2 minutes of play during the trip that saw them win their first three games before faltering in their final two.
The former two-time UAAP MVP logged in an NBA D-League high eight points in his first start at the end of a back-to-back road assignment against the Idaho Stampede.
He earned his second start in their last game against the Vipers and finished with six points and two steals in 12 minutes.
He had a solid start by hitting consecutive baskets early in the game that gave the Legends an 8-5 advantage. Parks, Jr. eventually saw limited minutes after the Vipers went on a big 11-0 run that ripped the game wide open.
The ex-NU standout sat down the whole second quarter but played in the second half and scored his final two points on free throws late in the fourth, when the Legends tried to stage a comeback that fell short.
Nevertheless, the son of former seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, Sr. has finally started to adjust to the NBA D-League play after sporadic minutes and several DNPs early in the season.
The Legends currently hold a 15-12 record — good for third spot in the Western Conference. They will host the Iowa Energy on Energy at home on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).