Sometimes it takes epic performances from current players for the superstars of yesteryear to be appreciated.
This was what happened when RR Pogoy and Ray Parks, Jr. had back-to-back career games in TNT Tropang Giga's first two games of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup.
With Parks not playing, Pogoy led the fight for TNT against the Alaska Aces as he scored a career-high 45 points on oct. 11. Parks then followed up with a 40-point outing two nights later to lead the Tropang Giga to a win over the Terrafirma Dyip.
Forty-point performances are not common for locals in the PBA. Two straight from the same team in back-to-back games seemed far-fetched. This started a deep numbers dive from PBA's lead statistician Fidel Mangonon to answer if this has happened before and, if so, exactly when it happened.
As it turns out, it has happened before, 30 years ago to be exact. And the players involved have a deep connection to Parks.
In 1990, three years before Ray Parks was born, Ronnie Magsanoc scored 40 points for Shell in a 138-134 loss to Presto. Benjie Paras then followed up with a 45-point outing in a 155-108 loss to Pepsi.
These games happened in the All-Filipino Conference, which immediately followed Shell's championship-winning performance in the 1990 First Conference where Bobby Parks, Sr. was their import.
"My performance was not just about my hard work but a testament of my teammates' hard work. The ball was moving around. No one really cared who would shoot it," said Parks. "They way we're playing right now, we're just waiting on another player to score 40 because we've created great energy by sharing the ball and supporting each other."
When he was told that it took 30 years for this to happen again, Parks voiced own his respect for those who came before.
"It's a great achievement," he said. "They are great players, ninong ko pa sila parehas (they're both my godfathers). Just to be mentioned with them is a blessing and a privilege."
For his part, Magsanoc was not even aware that it happened. One of the 25 Greatest PBA Players, The Point Laureate had so many great performances throughout his illustrious career that he did not even recall the night he scored his career-high.
"To be honest, I can't even recall. I know Benjie was a big-time scorer so if it really did happen, then, looking back, it's something special because it only happened after 30 years," Magsanoc said.
"If you didn't mention it, I would not have remembered so we thank you for reminding us that we had good times together, me and Papa Bear (Paras). We thank you for recognizing what we did 30 years ago. It looks like it was really a big accomplishment because it's only now that it happened again. What makes this even more special is Ray Parks is the son of Bobby Parks, our godson."
For Magsanoc, this turned out to be a nice little trip down memory lane and even though Pogoy and Parks are playing for an opposing team, the Meralco head coach had words of wisdom to share with them.
"Records are meant to be broken," he said. "Someone will come along and do this in the future so I continue to encourage Roger and Rayray that more than the records, there's still so much more they could accomplish as long as they put their minds and hearts into it."