The Cope Cougars clinched the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball district championship with a 55-43 victory over the Haughton Bucs on Monday at Haughton.

Cope improved to 8-1. The Cougars lead Cope and Elm Grove by two games with one to play.

The two other eighth-grade games Monday went down to the wire. Elm Grove slipped past Greenacres 35-33 on a basket with less than a second remaining. Rusheon edged Benton 33-27 in overtime.

In seventh-grade games, district champion Elm Grove defeated Greenacres 39-23, Cope nipped Haughton 37-36 and Rusheon slipped past Benton 41-37 in overtime.

Elm Grove improved to 9-0.

At Haughton, Devin Bilbo had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Cope to the eighth-grade victory.

Semaj Poole and Josh Norris also had a good overall games. Poole had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Norris scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Dextrell Parks chipped in with eight points.

Pat Jones and De’mareya Howard scored 10 points each to lead Haughton.

Kendall Parks scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the victorious seventh-grade Cougars.

Harrison Waxley and Joseph Manning scored eight points each.

Coleman Stafford, JJ Dudley and Logan Carmack all scored seven points for the Bucs seventh-grade team.

At Elm Grove, Devarrick Woods and Jyrell McClendon scored six points each to lead the Greenacres eighth-grade team.

Jordan Boyd and Makhi Tanner added five each.

Gavin Ashworth led the Mustangs seventh-grade team with eight points. Carson Carey and Jyson Thomas scored six each.

At Rusheon, Ashur Hall topped the Benton eighth-grade team with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Brodie Romero scored seven points and Owen Wainscott added five.

Jalen Taylor paced the Tigers seventh-grade team with 11 points. Evan Cole and Todd Dominick scored eight each.

NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches. It will be updated if more information is received.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com