The Cope Cougars won the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball eighth-grade title as the season came to a close Monday evening.
The Cougars finished 9-1 in district play with their only loss coming against Rusheon. Cope, which defeated Haughton on Monday, avenged that loss last Thursday with a thrilling 53-50 overtime win in a game that ultimately decided the district title.
It’s the second straight district title for a group of Cougars who went 18-2 over the past two seasons.
Rusheon edged Benton 48-46 Monday to finish in solo second place at 8-2. Benton finished third at 7-3.
In the other eighth-grade game, Elm Grove downed Greenacres 46-40.
Cope and Greenacres will share the seventh-grade title. The Cougars defeated Haughton 34-27 Monday and the Mustangs downed Elm Grove 40-26. Cope and Greenacres both finished 8-2 in district play.
“We had to go 7-0 down the stretch after going 1-2 to start the season to get a piece of the league title,” Cope coach Eric Lee said. “I was lucky to have a determined group of players to pull it off.”
Said Greenacres coach Trey Wynn: “Everyone contributed equally throughout the season. This truly was a team victory and championship this season by the team playing unselfish team basketball.”
In the other seventh-grade game, Rusheon dropped Benton 27-18.
At Haughton, Kameron Davis led the Cope eighth-grade team with 12 points. Ty McCoy added 11 and Tay McCraney seven.
Devon Johnson sparked Cope off the bench in the seventh-grade victory. He scored 15 points and had seven rebounds and three steals. Coach Eric Lee said point guard Amir Wineglass, who had no turnovers in 20 minutes, was a steadying influence on the team off the bench.
Brandon Marshall hit a basket to give the Cougars the lead for good with about three minutes left in the game.
Wineglass and Thomas Williams scored five points each. Brandon and Brian Marshall combined for eight.
Trenton Contario led the Bucs with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Tristan Sweeney added six.
At Rusheon, Jacoby Decker put a cap on his outstanding season with 21 points to lead the Rams eighth-graders to the win.
Ja’Nyron Rogers chipped in with 14 and Brenden Mosley added nine.
Jayree Anderson and Ethan Yarbrough led Benton with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Johntavious Johnson added 11.
Ja’Keldrick Thomas and Kedrick Henderson scored eight points each to lead the victorious Rusheon seventh-graders. Amani Heard added five.
Daegan Covington topped Benton with eight points.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org