The crowd gathered in the Alario Center lobby late Thursday night was probably there waiting for Anthony Davis to walk out of the gym.
Or perhaps they were there for Lamar Peters, the Landry-Walker guard who had just put on a shooting exhibition that sent Twitter buzzing.
Peters lived up to his Twitter handle ( @Lamar4three) in the 67-61 victory over University High in the second round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic.
It was Lamar for three all night.
The Mississippi State signee finished the night with 10 3-pointers. His only other basket came on a dunk early in the first half. He finished the night with 32 points. He was 10 of 18 from beyond the arc. (And if you’ve seen Peters play, you know his shooting range is from way beyond the arc.)
“It feels good when you see your shots going in like that,” said Peters. “It makes you just want to keep going. I wanted to keep the high energy.”
Of the 10 treys he made, only one hit the rim. The other nine hit nothing but net.
The most impressive one was his stepback 3 at the end of the first quarter that made Davis smile and nod his head in approval.
Having one of the NBA’s top stars in the audience made the night extra special for Peters.
“He (Davis) came to our practice earlier and told me he was going to come check me out tonight,” Peters said. “He told me that usually when he comes to games to check out kids, they get nervous. I told him he didn’t have to worry about that with me.”
Peters made just one basket inside the 3-point line, and it came on a right-handed dunk.
Every other shot he made was a trey.
“Coach always tells me when I shoot to keep the same follow-through,” Peters said. “Shooters are going to shoot regardless. I know if I miss it, I just keep shooting it until it falls.”
And boy were falling.
Peters’ big night was the dessert after the appetizer that Riverside’s Jared Butler had served in the game right before. Butler, a sophomore, made six 3-pointers and finished with 29 points, all in the first three quarters.
“I can’t even describe what it feels like when the shots are falling like that,” Butler said
Collectively. Peters and Butler made 16 three - pointers in about a 3- hour span.
The two will be on the court together as the two-time defending Class 4A state champion Charging Buccaneers take on the three-time defending 2A champion Rebels in the tournament semifinals.
Peters will likely wear the fresh new blue John Wall tennis shoes that he broke out for the first time this week.
But his big shooting night had nothing to do with the shoes.
The credit goes to a confident Peters.
“I’m going to the SEC next year and they have a lot of good players, a lot of players who can do what I do,” he said. “So I’m just trying to do some other things to separate myself from those guys. I just want to come out and play hard. I feel like when I’m out there, no one can stop me at all.”
Thursday night, no one could.