Parks reps Mavericks in All-Star Game Saturday

SHREVEPORT’S STAR: After an impressive first half in The Basketball League’s Central Division, Mavericks guard Paul Parks has been named an All-Star and will play Saturday in Syracuse.


Paul Parks, who tops the league-leading Shreveport Mavericks the team in scoring and steals, will represent his team and The Basketball League in a pro minor league All-Star Game Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.

Parks will join 13 other players in Syracuse to compete against standouts from the National Basketball League of Canada. The game tips at 4 CDT Saturday, following competition in 3-point shooting and dunking at 5 CDT on Friday.

Parks is scoring 24.5 points per game and swipes 2.7 steals per game. He leads the league in 3-pointers made (46), is second in steals per game and eighth in scoring.

Saying he is “just thankful for the opportunity to be considered,” Parks is grateful to Mavs coach Steve Tucker for the nomination and thanked his teammates for pushing him daily to be a better person and player, according to a team press release.

Also in the all-star weekend, a celebrity game will be staged at 1 CDT Saturday afternoon. Fans can watch all activities on league websites or

The Mavericks will not play over the weekend, resuming their schedule next Friday. There are 13 games left in the season over eight weekends.

TBL Central Standings

1. Shreveport Mavericks 9-2
2. Enid Outlaws 9-3
3. Potawatomi Fire 9-3
4. Dallas Skyline 8-3
5. Sugarland Imperials 6-4
6. Beaumont Panthers 4-4
7. Rockwall 7ers 3-8
8. Waco Royals 1-11
9. Little Rock Lighting 0-11

In their last action, the Mavericks dismantled the Little Rock Lighting 131-91 last Sunday afternoon at Jack Stephens Center on the UALR campus. Ty Jordan led Shreveport with 34 points in 28 minutes. Tavin Cummings was 5 for 5 in the field, scoring 15 in 15 minutes.

The Mavericks are on a six-game winning streak going into the All-Star break.