Wildcats to face Trojans, again

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Austin Wilson drives to the hoop for the Wildcats during their consolation game in the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Neighbors tip for 3rd time this season

For the third time this season, the Cassville and Southwest basketball teams will square off on the hardwood.

"Coach [Rusty] Roe does a great job with his team," said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. "We've played two different types of games with them, one where they had a big lead and we had to chew away, and the other where we had to hold on to a lead."

The Barry County neighbors squared off on Thursday in the consolation finals of the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Cassville held off a late Trojan surge to earn a 65-60 victory.

Milleson credited the latest victory to two key factors -- getting healthy and players understanding roles.

"Take a guy like Austin Wilson," Milleson said. "Austin doesn't give us many points, but he takes on the other team's best player. He sacrifices production to make us better. He, like others, are starting to understand what we need them to do."

The other piece of the puzzle is the return of Trey Dalton after suffering injury.

"We have three dynamic players in Trey, Ethan Hoppes and Colin Pearman," Milleson said. "With Trey limited, it hampered what we were able to do on both ends of the floor. Trey is kind of the glue that keep things together."

With Dalton's return, the Wildcats feel like they are headed for a solid second half of the season.

"We're 7-4 right now and won two out of three at Southwest," Milleson said. "The goal is to get better one day at a time. We do that, we'll be fine."

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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