The Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball district season got underway Monday evening.
The Cope Cougars, who won both the seventh- and eighth-grade titles last season, got off to a good start with a sweep of the Benton Tigers.
Cope won the seventh-grade game 38-24 and the eighth-grade game 45-33.
Elsewhere, the Greenacres Mustangs and the Rusheon Rams split games. The Mustangs edged the Rams 19-18 in the seventh-grade game and the Rams took a hard-fought 45-37 victory in the eighth-grade game.
The Haughton Bucs and Elm Grove Eagles also split games. The Bucs won big in the seventh-grade game and the Eagles took the eighth-grade game 41-27.
At Benton, Brandon Marshall scored nine of his 13 points in the first half to lead the Cope seventh-graders. Marshall also had five steals. Thomas Williams chipped in with 11 points.
Cope coach Eric Lee credited a stout defense that generated turnovers for the victory against a “scrappy, well-coached” Benton squad.
Butler led Benton with 13 points.
Kameron Davis poured in 17 points to lead the Cougars eighth-grade team. TJ Robinson added 13. Lee said Davis’ play underneath the basket on both ends of the floor was a big factor in the win.
Bubba Osby topped Benton, which was within six with about two minutes to play, with 14 points.
At Greenacres, Malcolm Britt scored all but two of the Mustangs’ points in the seventh-grade victory. He had seven in a fourth quarter that saw Greenacres outscore Rusheon 7-2. Carson Slack scored the Mustangs’ other basket.
Kedrick Henderson led Rusheon with six points. Kedrick Boone and Jakeldrick Thomas combined for nine points.
Montrez Henderson led the victorious Rams eighth-grade team with 15 points. Brenden Moseley chipped in with 12.
Fred Lemons had a big game for Greenacres with 22 points. Jamarea Alberta scored nine points with all of them coming on three third-quarter 3-pointers.
At Elm Grove, Tristan Sweeney led the Haughton seventh-graders to the win with 11 points. C.J. McWilliams and D’Marcus Hall scored eight and seven, respectively.
Sincere Woods DeWayne Jones and and Peyton Lewis all scored four points for the Eagles.
Caleb Reese paced the victorious Elm Grove eighth-graders with 11 points, while Amani Larry chipped in with nine.
Brock Breed led the Haughton eighth-graders with nine points and Alexander Morris had seven. Coach Justin Turner said Morris also played great defense.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org