The Greenacres Mustangs and Benton Tigers share the seventh-grade Bossier Parish boys basketball district lead through the first half of the season.
The Mustangs and Tigers both improved to 4-1 with victories Monday. Greenacres topped Elm Grove 45-31 and Benton got past Rusheon 42-38. Cope downed Haughton in the other seventh-grade game. The 3-2 Cougars are one game behind the leaders.
Greenacres completed the first half of the eighth-grade district season undefeated with a victory over Elm Grove. The Mustangs (5-0) lead Cope (4-1) by one game and Haughton by two. Cope edged Haughton 41-37 Monday.
In the other eighth-grade game, Rusheon picked up its second straight victory, defeating Benton 51-35.
At Haughton, Brandon Marshall, Devin Jason and Jose Santiago led the Cope eighth-grade team to the victory. Marshall scored 10 points, Jason nine and Santiago six.
Thomas Williams played well underneath the basket and Kyle McConathy made a big contribution off the bench.
CJ McWilliams led Haughton with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. D’Marcus Hall added 10 and Kyelor Coburn nine. The Bucs forced several turnovers in the fourth quarter with their full-court pressure defense.
Devin Bilbo pumped in 18 points to lead the Cope seventh-grade squad to the win. Starwisky Hampton, Josh Norris and Dextrell Parks combined for 14.
Malachi Burks and De’mareya Howard led Haughton with eight and six points, respectively.
At Greenacres, D’Ante Bell pumped in 12 points and Kedrick Henderson added 10 to lead the victorious Mustangs eighth-grade team. Malcolm Britt and Melvin Smith combined for nine.
Tobias Boone and Gnoble Peterson combined for nine to lead Elm Grove.
Deveon Corley had a big game for the Greenacres seventh-grade squad, scoring all but one of his 22 points in the first three quarters. Devorrick Woods added five. Makhi Tanner and Jordan Boyd combined for eight.
Tylar Towns tossed in 11 points to lead Elm Grove. Gabe Larry added six.
At Rusheon, Tim King and Andrick Robinson scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the victorious Rams eighth-grade team. Brian Feaster added eight.
Daegan Covington and Kenny Gay led Benton with eight points each. Malik Antwine added six.
Clint Lassiter poured in 12 points and Ashur Hall chipped in with 11 to lead the Benton seventh-grade team to the victory. Malik Antwine added six.
Artari Cook had another good game for Rusheon with 17 points. Roderick Francis chipped in with eight.
NOTE: The above report is compiled from information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org