The Bossier Parish boys middle school basketball district season got underway Monday.
In eighth-grade games, Cope slipped past Rusheon 48-46, Greenacres edged Haughton 47-46 and Elm Grove defeated Benton 30-20.
In seventh-grade games, Cope downed Rusheon 32-14, Benton edged Elm Grove 33-29 and Greenacres defeated Haughton.
At Greenacres, Malcolm Britt poured in 22 points to lead the Mustangs eighth-grade squad to a hard-fought victory. Kedrick Henderson added 11 and D’Ante Bell 10. Britt and Henderson had one 3-pointer each in the fourth quarter when the Mustangs outscored the Bucs 22-13.
Trenton Contario and Kilian Malena scored 13 each to lead Haughton. Tristan Sweeney added nine.
Daveon Carly led the victorious Greenacres seventh-grade team with 23 points. Jyrell McClendon scored six. Devin Brooks and Jordan Boyd had five each.
Malachi Burks topped Haughton with eight points and Peyton Stovall had six.
At Rusheon, Jose Santiago and Brandon Marshall scored 13 each to lead the Cope eighth-grade team to the victory in a thriller. Thomas Williams added 10 and Devin Jason nine.
Tim King led Rusheon with 22 points. Kendrick Boone added seven. Armani Heard and Kevin Pouncy scored six each.
King scored 15 of Rusheon’s 17 fourth-quarter points as the the Rams rallied from a nine-point deficit and tied it with about two minutes to play. The Cougars then went on a run to take a five-point lead with a minute left.
Rusheon cut it to two with with 20 seconds left. The Rams had a chance to tie but missed with about a second left on the clock.
Jason scored all nine of his points in the second half. He also contributed with his rebounding.
Devin Bilbo scored nine points while Star Hampton and Dextrell Parks added seven each to lead the Cope seventh-grade squad to the win.
Roderick Francis and Artari Cook scored six each to lead Rusheon.
At Benton, Zi Dooley topped the victorious Elm Grove eighth-graders with seven points. Gnoble Peterson and Tre’ Butler tossed in six each.
Malik Antwine and Kenneth Gay scored five points apiece to pace Benton.
Ashur Hall scored 10 points to lead the Benton seventh-grade squad to the win. Brodie Romero and Owen Wainscott helped the Tigers’ cause with nine and six, respectively.
Gabe Larry and Jalun Reed each scored nine for the Eagles.
Note: The above report is based on information received from coaches.