The Blackwater Elite are off to a rousing start in the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup after beating Meralco on Sunday.
It was an impressive debut as well for rookie Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. who finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
The Elite, who picked up only two victories in the previous conference, look to sustain their momentum when they tangle another battle-tested team in Ginebra on Friday. Parks said is looking forward to go up against the most popular squad.
"I love playing Ginebra. They got a lot of great players, talent, height, diversity, well-coached. It's gonna be a great challenge," he said.
Although he expects to get a rude welcome from the passionate Ginebra crowd, the son of PBA legendary import Bobby Parks is anxious to test his mettle against Justin Brownlee-led defending champions.
"The fans, I know I'm gonna be on the other side, but I love the fans. Regardless if they hate me or love, I love the fans because they're so passionate about the game," he said.
"For sure it's gonna be a good game. All we have to do right now is go back to the drawing board and coach is gonna their best to prepare us. And for us, we just have to buy into the system."
It will also be another acid test for Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan, who will go up against the winningest coach in the league in Tim Cone.
Dimaunahan, who replaced Bong Ramos before the start of the mid-season tournament, is unfazed, though.
"So big test for a rookie coach. After coach Norman (Black), it's coach Tim. I'd be more motivated. We'll see what happens," he said. "We'll make up the best game plan possible against Ginebra, and hopefully we can get another win on Friday."