Ray Parks loves going up against tough competitor Calvin Abueva

Fil-Am sensation Ray Parks went at it with Calvin Abueva during Gilas Pilipinas’ intra-squad scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon and that’s exactly what he’s been expecting from Alaska’s do-it-all forward.

“Calvin’s good. He brings that intensity, he brings that competitiveness to the team and he’s a hard worker,” said the 6-foot-4 Parks of Abueva, who finally joined the Nationals’ practice session following a 6-day break given by Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin.

“That’s his talent, his god-given talent. He uses it well,” he added.

Parks, a former two-time UAAP MVP, has already faced the 6-foot-2 Abueva during their collegiate days, with the former then representing NU and the latter carrying the colors of San Sebastian College.

And the Texas Legends stalwart couldn’t help but relished the chance of going up against ‘The Beast.’

“I guess that’s what coach (Baldwin) told him in front of me, like, ‘Bump ‘em. Bump ‘em,’” said Parks. “Get used to all that. I feel I’ve been through worse than that going to the UAAP days. It was tough. I felt better.”

With Abueva’s entry, the intensity on Gilas Pilipinas has clearly taken up a notch and Parks couldn’t agree more.

“Everybody’s competing for position. If I’m going against June Mar, I’m still competing for a position. They don’t know what they want, they might need an extra guard, they might an extra big, you never know. We’re competing against everybody,” he said. — By Jerome Lagunzad