Road warrior Wildcats head to Kansas

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Collin Pearman and the Cassville boys basketball team hits the road for three games: Thursday at Riverton (Kan.), Friday at Lamar and then Tuesday at Aurora. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville to test mental strength in hostile venues

Fans of the Cassville boys basketball team need to fill the tanks of their vehicles if they want to see the Wildcats play in the next few days.

The Wildcats hit the road on Thursday, traveling to Riverton (Kan.), for a makeup game, and then traveling to Lamar on Friday and Aurora on Tuesday before they return to their home gym.

“It will test our maturity as we travel to all those places,” said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. “It’s tough to win on the road, but that is our task.”

Milleson said his team played tough last week, despite losing two tight games to Reeds Spring and Pierce City.

“Both of those squads are very solid,” he said. “We show that we have improved, but we aren’t quite where we need to be.”

The Wildcats are led by Collin Pearman with 16 points per game.

“He sets the tone for us,” Milleson said. “He does a lot of things that don’t show up in the stat book, and he gets as many people involved as he can.”

The Wildcats are going to need all of his skill during the road trip.

“We have been more balanced on the offensive end in our last few games,” Milleson said. “Defensively, we need to keep up the intensity and pressure for four quarters.”

Tipoff in Riverton is set for 7 p.m.

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