North Point grad­u­ate Parks wins ti­tles

North Point grad­u­ate claims An­golan Cup, League ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Whether it was at the high school or col­lege level, Robyn Parks al­ways showed her ver­sa­til­ity on the bas­ket­ball court.

The 2010 North Point High School grad­u­ate con­tin­ues to do that now as a pro­fes­sional, but the only dif­fer­ence is that she is do­ing it all over the globe.

Parks re­cently capped her third sea­son over­seas, lead­ing In­ter-Clube de Luanda to An­golan Cup and League tour­na­ment ti­tles.

Parks, who spent just two months in An­gola, said that it was the first cham­pi­onship of her over­seas ca­reer.

She signed a con­tract to play in Poland for the 2017-18 sea­son.

“Win­ning a cham­pi­onship in An­gola was a feel­ing that I can’t even de­scribe with my words. I couldn’t eat or sleep after win­ning,” said Parks, who played in the top-tier league in An­gola. “Prior to go­ing to An­gola, I had never won a cham­pi­onship, so to be able to win a cham­pi­onship at the pro­fes­sional level is such a sur­real feel­ing for me.”

Parks added that win­ning the cham­pi­onship was some­thing her fa­ther Robert saw com­ing.

“What makes this whole thing crazy is the fact that my dad called me in ei­ther Novem­ber or De­cem­ber [last year] when I was still play­ing in Spain at the time, and he called to tell me that he had a dream that I had just won a cham­pi­onship and I was hold­ing a tro­phy and cry­ing,” she said. “So in a sense it’s like the dream I had of be­com­ing a cham­pion fi­nally came true and my dad’s dream lit­er­ally be­came true as well.”

While with An­gola, the 6-foot guard Parks av­er­aged 17 points and 6 re­bounds per game. On June 22, she led her squad to a 3-0 series win thanks to three wins in three days en route to the Cup ti­tle.

The league cham­pi­onship was the best-of-five series and An­gola swept C.D. Primeiro de Agosto in that series as well 3-0 on July 5.

Due to the lan­guage bar­rier, Parks said that she didn’t spend much time off the court with her team­mates, but on the court it was like a fam­ily.

“My team­mates and my coach didn’t speak any English at all, they only spoke Por­tuguese. It was tough when I first got out there try­ing to un­der­stand ev­ery­thing, but I learned a very lit­tle bit of Por­tuguese and my coach tried to speak English as best as he could to help me out some­times,” Parks said. “How­ever, be­ing on the court with my team­mates was great, we all got along and we de­vel­oped our team chem­istry ex­tremely fast.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Robyn Parks, a 2010 North Point High School grad­u­ate, kisses the tro­phy after lead­ing the In­ter-Clube de Luanda to the An­golan Cup cham­pi­onship on June 22 after de­feat­ing de­feat­ing C.D. Primeiro de Agosto three-games to none.

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