PENDLETON — Fans will have a chance to see their local professional basketball team play at home for the first time on Saturday night.
The Pendleton Legends, one of four members of the newly formed Hoosier Hardwood Basketball Association, are scheduled to play the Southern Indiana TimberJacks at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pendleton Heights High School.
It will be an exhibition game versus the Bedford team.
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Tickets for Saturday’s game cost $10 at the door, or they can be purchased in advance online at www.MVPresults.com/Pendleton. Also online, fans have the opportunity to purchase replica Kellen Dunham No. 24 jerseys, Pendleton Legends T-shirts and season tickets.
Prior to the contest, there will be a youth basketball game at 6:30 p.m. A slam dunk contest is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m.
Dunham, a former Pendleton Heights and Butler University standout, leads the Legends.
The team also includes former Madison County high school stars Asauhn Tatum, a 7-footer from Highland High School and Auburn University, and Troy Taylor, who prepped at Anderson High School and later played at the University of Evansville.
The Legends’ roster also includes former Indiana All-Star and Northern Illinois University standout Eugene German, who scored 60 points in the team’s first exhibition game.
The team is coached by long-time high school and college coach Stan Daugherty.
The league, founded by former Indiana University great and long-time NBA veteran Kent Benson and former Pendleton resident Bob Petty, has four teams. Along with Pendleton and Bedford, there are teams located in New Castle and Terre Haute.
Locally, games will be played at the high school and Pendleton Elementary Intermediate School.
In a release, Petty and Benson gave thanks to South Madison Community School Corp. Superintendent Mark Hall, high school principal Connie Rickert, high school athletic director Chad Smith and PEIS Principal Arlene Bennett.
“The Pendleton Legends simply would not exist without the amazing support we’ve received from the Pendleton schools,” the release said. “We cannot put into words how much we appreciate all they’ve done to support us. Now, local Pendleton fans will have the opportunity to see former PHHS star Kellen Dunham dominating the court once again!”
HHBA is a professional basketball league with compensation ranging from $500 per month to $2,500 per month, based upon experience and skill level.
It selects only the most elite (32) players, with an ultimate goal of helping each player sign a contract with the NBA or NBA G-League. HHBA has five players with NBA G-League experience (including Dunham and Tatum), 21 former NCAA Division-I players and 11 Indiana All-Stars.