By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen started his senior season at Pendleton County in a big way Monday night with 52 points, 12 rebounds, nine steals, six dunks, two assists and one block in 29 minutes during a 76-46 win over Williamstown.
Allen was 19 of 34 from the field, including 4-for-10 on 3-pointers, and 10-for-13 at the foul line.
His six dunks and nine steals were both Pendleton County single-game records.
It was Allen’s third 50-point game at Pendleton. He had 51 against Scott High School on Nov. 29, 2016, and 50 against Dayton on Dec. 21, 2016.
His 52 point-outing ranks third all-time on the Pendleton single-game scoring list behind 59 that Talbert Turner scored against Nicholas County on Dec. 20, 1983, and 53 that David Turner had against West Carter on Dec. 20, 1996. The only other 50-point game in school history was a 51-point game by Bobby Lee Wyatt against Scott on Feb. 24, 1970.
“It was a good confidence booster to win the first game of the season and let everyone play, especially since we lost our two scrimmages,” Pendleton coach Keaton Belcher said. “Dontaie was spectacular in transition. Six dunks in a single game is pretty remarkable if you think about it. He ended up one steal shy of a triple-double.”
Allen now has 2,749 points and 1,056 rebounds in his career after recording his 58th career double-double. He also has 314 assists, 201 3-pointers, 241 blocks, 173 steals and 52 dunks in his career in 106 games, including 98 starts.
Pendleton will face host Marshall County in the Marshall County Hoopfest Saturday night.