The Cope Cougars clinched at least a share of the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball eighth-grade district championship with a dramatic 53-50 overtime victory over the Rusheon Rams Thursday evening at Rusheon.
Cope improved to 8-1 in district play. The Cougars lead Rusheon and Benton by a game with one game left.
In other eighth-grade games, Benton dropped Elm Grove 58-25 and Greenacres downed Haughton 44-31.
Cope and Greenacres are tied at the top of the seventh-grade district standings. Cope edged Rusheon 20-18 Thursday and Greenacres fell to Haughton 28-22. The Cougars and the Mustangs are both 7-2 in district play.
Thursday was supposed to be the final day of the season, but Monday’s games were postponed because of the winter weather. They will be made up this Monday. Haughton hosts Cope, Greenacres hosts Elm Grove and Rusheon hosts Benton.
At Rusheon, the Rams’ Ja’Nyron Rogers banked in a 3-pointer from the right wing to send the game into overtime tied at 45.
The lead went back-and-forth with Cope clinging to a one-point advantage with less than 30 seconds to play. Kameron Davis, the Cougars’ 6-foot-3 post player, ran the length of the court to block a breakaway layup. Cope gained possession and hit two free throws for the winning margin.
Davis scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Kaalas Roots hit 4-of-6 free throws in overtime and finished with 12 points. T. McCoy added nine points, TJ Robinson eight and Antavious Freeman seven.
Jacoby Decker had another huge game for Rusheon with 28 points. Deandre Thomas added nine.
Amir Wineglass and Thomas Williams scored five points each for the victorious Cope seventh-graders. Cope coaches said several players came off the bench and contributed to the victory, turning a four-point deficit into a three-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
The Cougars scored the winning basket with 13 seconds to play.
At Elm Grove, Bubba Osby poured in 26 to lead Benton to the eighth-grade victory. Brad Fream and Ethan Yarbrough added eight each.
Bryson Connell pumped in 10 points for the victorious Tigers seventh-graders. Tre Butler chipped in with eight and Tyler Ivy had five.
At Haughton, Tristan Sweeney scored 14 points to lead the seventh-grade Bucs to the victory. D’Marcus Hall had 11 rebounds.
Fred Lemons paced the victorious Greenacres eighth-grade squad with 17 points. Kourtnee Samuels added nine.
Brock Breed topped Haughton with eight points and Franciso Cortes added five.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com