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Boys basketball: Four teams setting pace in district races

The Haughton Bucs, Greenacres Mustangs, Cope Cougars and Rusheon Rams are setting the pace in the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball seventh- and eighth-grade districts through the season’s first three games.
Haughton and Greenacres share the seventh-grade district lead after victories Monday. The Bucs downed Benton 44-30 and the Mustangs edged Cope 39-35. In the other seventh-grade game, Rusheon defeated Elm Grove 34-30.
Haughton and Greenacres are 3-0 in district play.
Cope and Rusheon both won Monday and share the eighth-grade lead. Cope downed Greenacres 44-22 and Rusheon defeated Elm Grove 50-28. In the other eighth-grade game, Benton dropped Haughton 38-17.
Cope and Rusheon are 3-0 in district play. Benton is one game back at 2-1.
At Haughton, Tristan Sweeney poured in 19 points to lead the seventh-grade Bucs to the victory. Keyshawn Davis added eight and Kevin Hill five. Haughton led by just two at the half, but the Bucs’ full-court pressure led to an 8-0 run to start the third quarter.
Tre Butler paced Benton with 17 points.
The Tigers got off to a fast start in the eighth-grade victory, taking a double-digit lead in the second quarter. Bubba Osby and Ethan Yarbrough scored nine points each to lead Benton.
James Rose topped Haughton with six points and Deandre Feaster had five.
At Greenacres, Malcolm Britt scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lift the Mustangs seventh-graders to the victory. Carter and Carson Slack combined for nine points.
Jonathan Hamilton tossed in 11 points to lead Cope. Jamal Johnson chipped in with nine.
Kameron Davis led the victorious Cougars eighth-grade squad with 14 points. Tarae Robinson had 11 and T. McCoy 10. Cope coach Ron Walsworth said Kalaas Roots did a great job defensively.
Fred Lemons led Greenacres with seven points. Kourtney Samuels added six and MJ Evans five.
At Rusheon, Andrick Robinson and Kedrick Henderson scored eight points each to lead the Rusheon seventh-grade team. Kevin Pouncy added five.
Rusheon coach Cedric Washington said “the team played great defense and created second chance opportunities from offensive rebounds.”
Samorri Dooley led Elm Grove with eight points. Tobias Boone and Gnoble Peterson added six each.
Jacoby Decker pumped in 18 points to lead the victorious Rusheon eighth-graders. Ja’Nyron Rogers added 10 and Montrez Henderson eight.
Amani Larry led the Eagles with six points. Nic Cannon and Christian Galvan scored five each.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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