Ray-Ray Parks sizzles anew as TNT survives Phoenix's late push

Ray-Ray Parks exploded to keep the Tropang Giga's season alive. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ray-Ray Parks prevailed in a scoring showdown with Matt Wright to lift TNT to a 102-101 win over Phoenix in Game 4 of their PBA semifinal series at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center on Wednesday night.

Parks waxed hot for 36 points on 10-of-16 shooting including clutch baskets that helped the Tropang Giga put away the Fuel Masters, who were looking to end the best-of-five series and clinch their first ever finals appearance.

Parks capped a string of five triples to start the fourth quarter with one of his own to give TNT an 84-75 cushion with 9:06 left.

He then made two free throws in the next offensive to up the lead to 11 with eight and a half minutes left.

Phoenix still tried to claw back, but Parks responded with a step back jumper and four clutch free throws to keep TNT afloat.

Simon Enciso finally iced the game for the Tropang Giga with two free throws with 0.5 second remaining.

Parks also had six rebounds, three assists, and two steals as TNT forced a Game 5 on Friday night.

Jayson Castro added 21 points, four rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Wright finished with 34 markers on 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range, five rebounds, nine assists, and one steal for Phoenix, which could not complete a comeback after waxing hot in the third quarter.

Calvin Abueva added 17 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, but he too was accounted for eight of the team's 27 total turnovers.

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