Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas is congratulated by head coach Jimmy Alapag after achieving a milestone by hitting his 1,000th point in the ASEAN Basketball League. TIEBREAKER TIMES MANILA – Bobby Ray Parks Jr. achieved a personal milestone as San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas scored a 111-87 victory over Saigon Heat in the 2018-2019 ASEAN Basketball League on Sunday night at the Lapu Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.Parks, the reigning two-time reigning ABL Local MVP, became the newest member of ABL’s 1000 points club after tallying 23 points, seven assists and two rebounds for the Alab.Parks, who missed the Alab’s last three matches due to a groin injury, formalized his entry as the 16th player to join the league’s prestigious club with a three-pointer at the 3:57 left in the opening frame.Aside from the second overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft, also making their presence felt were Peter John Ramos and Renaldo Balkman, who had 30 and 29 points, respectively, for Alab (12-2). The Philippine-based squad immediately pounded on their opponent in the opening frame with Ramos, Balkman and Parks conspiring on offense to build a 21 point edge in the opening half.The Heat mounted a huge fight back in the second half and was able to come to as close as eight but the trio of Ramos, Balkman and Parks regained their form to push the lead to 108-84.Chris Dierker finished with 20 points, while Murphy Burnatowski added 19 markers for the Saigon Heat, which suffered its third consecutive defeat to slid down to 10-7 win-loss card./PN
Share Special to the PRESS(Photo by Greg Syverson)CORPUS CHRISTI — There was a light chill in the air on Saturday night in Calallen, but there was also some Port Isabel Tarpon magic, too.In front on a charged up Tarpon crowd, the boys dug deep several times to win a back-and-forth thriller over Geronimo Navarro 35-28 in overtime at Phil Danaher Field.Port Isabel advanced to the fourth round of the state football playoffs for the fourth time since 1981. Now, Port Isabel (10-3) continues its December football run and will take on Bellville in the 3A Region IV final next Saturday at Cabaniss Stadium in Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. Navarro saw its season close with a 10-3 record.“It was just a great effort by our kids,” Tarpons head coach Monty Stumbaugh said. “I’m happy for our kids, our coaching staff and the entire town of Port Isabel. The fans packed the stands tonight.”Things didn’t start so well for the boys in blue as they quickly trailed 13-0 in the first quarter. Navarro’s Evan DeLeon scored on two touchdowns thanks to the Panthers’ powerful running game which had over 380 total yards rushing.Meanwhile, PI struggled on offense and could not get going. They punted back to Navarro but pinned them deep and needed a stop.They got that stand and it served as a springboard to a comeback. A couple of plays later, running back Javier Vela ran for a 55-yard touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, PI’s Esteven Montelongo recovered a fumble and the Tarpons cashed it in on Isaiah Martinez’s 1-yard score. Marcelo Sanchez hit the extra point and the Tarpons led 14-13 with just 3:19 left before halftime.“We got some stops when we needed them,” Stumbaugh said. “We had some big stops.”A tough Panther squad answered when L.J. Anderson rushed in a 14-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion try was stopped and Navarro went ahead 19-14. Just before half, the Tarpons’ Kenneth Herrera recorded an interception and almost ran it the distance but it was stopped.After halftime, the Tarpons picked up where they left off. They got good field position thanks to a nice return plus a personal foul on Navarro. A couple of plays later, Martinez was at it again when he notched a 25-yard touchdown. Despite a missed extra point, the Tarpons had the lead at 20-19 with only 18 seconds off the clock.Again, Navarro got a big play of its own when Anderson scored on a 68-yard run. The two-point try failed to leave it 25-20 Panthers still in the third.The Panthers mounted a good drive that PI’s defense stopped and Anderson kicked a 29-yard field goal to push the Panthers edge to 28-20.Trailing by eight, the Tarpons took over at their own 5 yard line with about four minutes to go. Slowly but surely, they drove down the field and scored on a dramatic five-yard touchdown from Vela, who had well over 200 yards on the ground for the night. The senior pushed the pile (with help from Juan Aguilera and the boys) and scored with just one tick left. Vela also caught the two-point try to tie the game 28-28.“That was huge,” Stumbaugh said. “We felt like we could run some option a little bit on them. We got a big play and then it was an unbelievable run and that was pure want to (by Vela and the offense).”In overtime, the Tarpons got the ball first and made it interesting, converting a fourth down and and scoring on a one-yard sneak by Martinez. Then it was up to the defense and on fourth down, Navarro’s pass in the flat fell incomplete and the celebration was on. RelatedThe Matchup: Port Isabel vs. NavarroBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS A send-off/rally for the PI Tarpon Football Team will be held at the Port Isabel High School student parking lot on Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m. Snacks and refreshments will be available for everyone. Fans who wish to have their vehicles decorated…November 27, 2012In “News”VALIANT EFFORT: Tarpons fight hard but fall to Bellville, 22-0By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS CORPUS CHRISTI – The Port Isabel Tarpons’ 2012 playoff run has come to an end. The Bellville Brahmas defeated the last Valley team left standing in the post-season 22-0 in the Region IV final Saturday night at Cabaniss Stadium in Corpus Christi. Bellville…December 9, 2012In “News”THE YEAR THAT WAS: Looking back at the 2012 TarponsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The 2012 season has come to an end for the Port Isabel High football team. The Tarpons were shut out, 22-0, by the Bellville Brahmas in the Region IV championship game Saturday night at Cabaniss Stadium. Bellville scored on their first two possessions…December 13, 2012In “News”
Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Adam Sandler is sticking to the courts. After logging an award-winning role as a basketball-obsessed gambling addict in Uncut Gems, the Saturday Night Live veteran has been cast to play the lead in the Lebron James-produced Netflix film Hustle. In the movie, Sandler will portray an American basketball scout who is unjustly fired after discovering a once-in-a-lifetime player abroad. He and the player return to the U.S. to prove that they both have what it takes to make it in the NBA. A release date has not yet been announced.In real life, Sandler is a massive basketball fan, whose friendly games at his home turned attracted famous friends from the worlds of sports and Hollywood. Henry Winkler, who became a staple in Sandler’s movies, once revealed to ABC Audio that a name-drop from one of Sandler’s most famous songs led to an invite to one of these games — and a huge job. “I called him to thank him for putting me in his ‘Hanukkah Song,’” Winkler recalls. “And then he called me and he invited me to his house because they play basketball and I met Jim Carrey there and Brad Pitt there. And then he asked me to be in The Waterboy.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.