The Cope Cougars handed the Greenacres Mustangs their first district loss 48-24 in Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball seventh-grade action Thursday.
Greenacres (7-1 district) still leads Cope (6-2) by one game in the standings with two to play.
In other seventh-grade games, Haughton downed Benton and Rusheon defeated Elm Grove 37-20.
Cope and Rusheon remained tied for the eighth-grade district lead with victories. The Cougars defeated Greenacres 43-23 and the Rams topped Elm Grove 54-43.
Cope and Rusheon improved to 7-1. Benton is just one game back at 6-2.
If Cope defeats Haughton and Rusheon defeats Benton Monday, the Cougars and Rams will play for the district title next Thursday at Rusheon.
In the other eighth-grade game, Benton downed Haughton.
At Cope, TJ Robinson and Kameron Davis scored 16 points each to lead the victorious Cougars eighth-grade team.
Fred Lemons led Greenacres with 12 points. The Mustangs only had five players available for the game.
Brandon Marshall led the Cope seventh-graders with 15 points. Thomas Williams added 11, Kyle McConathy nine and Brian Marshall six.
Cope led 15-7 after the first quarter and 30-14 at the half.
“It’s the most complete game we’ve played all season,” said Cope coach Ron Walsworth, who celebrated his 40th birthday Thursday. “The entire team played and contributed.”
Malcolm Britt topped Greenacres with 10 points.
At Benton, Johntavious Johnson scored 10 points to lead the Tigers eighth-graders to the victory. Ethan Yarbrough and Jayree Anderson added eight each. Bubba Osby chipped in with six.
Alexander Morris scored four for Haughton.
Kyelor Coburn topped the victorious Bucs seventh-grade squad with 11 points. Coach Darin Walker said four other players combined for 24 points. Kilian Malena had eight rebounds.
Tre Butler led Benton with six.
At Elm Grove, Jacoby Decker continued his outstanding season, leading the Rusheon eighth-graders to the win with 20 points. Brenden Mosley also had a big game with 18. Ja’Nyron Rogers added 11.
Eric Brown paced Elm Grove with 14 points and Caleb Reese had eight.
Ja’Keldrick Thomas had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rams seventh-graders. Andrick Robinson added nine points and Kedrick Henderson six.
Gnoble Peterson and Tobias Boone combined for nine for Elm Grove.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org