The senior’s leadership is built on deference rather than scoring, a nod to the talent surrounding him as well as his desire to make his teammates better. But while Allen stands as a rare pass-first point guard for a nationally-ranked high school team, when the Drexel recruit does pick his spots on offense, he makes them count.
The final two minutes of Thursday’s home game against No. 3 St. John’s proved to be one of those times. With the Cadets hanging within striking distance, Allen scored seven consecutive points, including an off-balance layup while falling out of bounds, to help the top-ranked Stags pull away for a 67-58 win in Hyattsville.
“Terrell’s totally different than some of the point guards we’ve had, but he’s the best at what he does,” Stags Coach Mike Jones said. “He probably does get overlooked because he doesn’t score as much, but he wants to win and he knows how to help make that happen for our team.”
On Thursday, that meant pushing the ball up the court to prevent St. John’s from setting up its stout matchup defense. In turn, four Stags (17-1, 9-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) scored in double figures, as Allen often found open teammates like Nate Darling (13 points) on the wing or kept it himself en route to 13 points.
“It’s easy to play with these guys,” Allen said. “I can find Nate in the corner, I can get it to Markelle [Fultz] or D.J. [Harvey] cutting to the rim. I can get it inside to Jaelin [Grant] or Thomas [Bruce]. We make it tough on other teams.”
The same can be said for Cadets point guard Anthony Cowan. Riding a hot hand, the junior poured in 12 of his 20 points, including three three-pointers, in the first half to give St. John’s an early six point lead.In the third quarter, Jeff Dowtin (22 points) began to find his rhythm in the back-and-forth pace, scoring nine consecutive points to give the Cadets a 37-36 lead midway through the third period.
But with Allen at the helm, five different Stags scored during a 10-3 run early in the fourth quarter to seal their seventh straight win.