After his team’s 55-53 loss at Capital last Wednesday, Woodrow Wilson coach Ron Kidd was concerned about the way his team played on the road. It seems those concerns were tempered after the Flying Eagles breezed by Riverside in a 26-point win Saturday on the Warriors’ home court.

Now in the midst of a five-game road trip, the Class AAA No. 7 Eagles will surely be tested. Up next is a trip to Nitro for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off tonight.

“I thought (the win at Riverside) was real big, because we got a lot of help from a lot of people off the bench,” Kidd said. “We got to see a lot of people. Plus, Riverside is a section opponent, so at this point we know we’ve got the upper hand on them right now. And it was big with the kids bouncing back after going to Capital and getting beat, because from here on out we are going to be on the road for a while at some tough places.”

The Eagles (5-3) shot poorly against Capital, but had no trouble offensively with Riverside.

Three players scored in double figures, led by Marcus Manns’ 25 points. Chase DeWese had 13 points and Tyler Coleman had 11.

Woodrow scored at least 20 points in every quarter except the third, when it had 19.

Kidd was also happy with the play of some key reserves.

“Chris Yambrick came in and gave us a lift off the bench,” Kidd said. “And Travis (Parkulo) did some good things for us, and Jared Kaplan did a good job off the bench for us.”

Nitro, like Woodrow, is coming off a win over Riverside. The Wildcats (8-2) beat the Warriors 70-56 in overtime Friday.

Brett McClanahan, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore guard, leads Nitro at 20.5 points per game.

“He is an extremely good player,” Kidd said. “And they have other kids who can shoot the ball well. They had a good football season, so it will probably carry over to basketball season.”

The Wildcats are coached by Dean Lee, a Wyoming County native and former Baileysville High School head coach.

After tonight, the Eagles will play at rival Greenbrier East Friday night. The road trip continues with a date at St. Albans Saturday and at Princeton Jan. 25.

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