On Jan. 9, King senior guard Lamont Parks had an amazing shooting performance, hitting eight 3-pointers while leading the Crusaders to a 73-59 victory over Kalamazoo Central at the Muskegon 2022 Basketball Showcase. Tip–off started at 5:30 p.m., and the stands were packed to see one of the top teams in Michigan play.
Right off the bat, the Crusaders were good at sharing the ball, playing under a shot clock and moving the ball, which led to Parks’ 3-pointers. Parks was on fire hitting five 3-pointers in the first half.
“When Lamont Parks Jr. was on fire with the 3-pointers, my reaction was energetic," junior and small forward Samuel Washington said. "I felt as if he brought energy to the team and once he kept knocking three pointers down back-to-back, I knew he was locked in. Lamont inspired me to shoot the ball more off ball screens and I thanked him for that."
The second half began, and the Parks Show continued. Parks was not missing, hitting three more 3-pointers for 24 total points. Those eight 3-pointers in a game was his best shooting performance. It was smiles and happiness on the Crusaders side after watching that shooting performance.
“I felt good knowing I had the hot hand," Parks said. "I really wanted to be able to showcase my ability on how good I could shoot the ball."
The team’s goal is to be the 2021-22 city and state champs.
“With that man Lamont shooting like that I can’t see us losing," mentor and statistician coach Michael Phillips said. "It would be hard to beat a team shooting 100 percent from three."