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Can Marshall County slow down Dontaie Allen at Hoopfest tonight?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Can Marshall County slow down Dontaie Allen?

Pendleton County will play host Marshall County tonight in the Marshall County Hoopfest about 8:30 CST — it will be the eighth game of the day. Marshall routed Trigg County in Thursday’s Hoopfest game.

The Pendleton County senior scored 52 points in his season-opening game on Tuesday and came back with 53 on Thursday while also having his 59th career double-double.

He hit 18 of 37 shots from the field, including 5 of 14 3-pointers, in the loss to Scott Thursday. He was 12-for-17 at the foul line.

Allen also had 18 rebounds — his 17th career game with 15 or more rebounds — along with three blocks, one assist and one steal. His two dunks give him eight this season.

The Pendleton senior now has four 50-point games — all on the road, including two at Scott.

Allen now has 2, 802 career points with 968 field goals made. He also has 1,074 career rebounds.

Pendleton players got to watch the final games at Hoopfest Friday night and planned to come back today to watch Scott County play Olive Branch (Miss.) and Memphis commit D.J. Jeffries at noon today.

Allen has been looking forward to playing here because of the talent level involved. He was hoping that Marshall sophomore Zion Harmon would be eligible “so we could finally play ball against each other and have a good game” but Harmon’s eligibility hearing has been pushed back to Dec. 5.

“I have always heard about Hoopfest and how special it is,” Allen said. “To be able to play in it will be huge. I hope a lot of our fans come and I think they will because they have been pretty excited just like me.”

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