The Greenacres Mustangs clinched a share of the Bossier Parish boys basketball eighth-grade district championship with a 49-33 victory over the Benton Tigers on Thursday at Greenacres.
The Mustangs improved to 8-0. They have a two-game lead over Cope, which edged Elm Grove 27-24, with two to play. In the other eighth-grade game, Rusheon defeated Haughton 50-36.
Greenacres can win the outright title with a victory over Cope at home Tuesday.
Greenacres also maintained the seventh-grade district lead with a hard-fought 44-37 victory over Benton. The Mustangs (7-1 district) have a one game lead over Cope with two to play. Cope (6-2) nipped Elm Grove 25-24 in a tough battle for sole possession of second place.
Greenacres and Cope face off Monday. If Greenacres wins, the Mustangs take the title. If Cope wins, the Cougars and Mustangs will be tied for the lead with one game left.
In another closely contested seventh-grade game, Haughton slipped past Rusheon 34-32.
At Greenacres, eight Mustangs scored in the eighth-graders’ victory. Malcolm Britt led the way with 15 points, and Kedrick Henderson added 10. Melvin Smith and D’Ante Bell combined for 13.
Bryson Connell led Benton with eight points. Kenneth Gay added six and Ryder Woolen five.
Deveon Corley continued his outstanding season for the Greenacres seventh-grade team, leading the victorious Mustangs with 15 points. Devorrick Woods chipped in with 10 and Makhi Tanner added nine.
Brodie Romero had a big game for Benton, pumping in 17 points. Nick Lynn added 14 points.
At Elm Grove, the eighth-grade game was close all the way as Cope led 16-15 at the half.
Cope coaches praised Jose Santiago for his all-around play. Santiago, Brandon Marshall and Kyle McConathy scored seven points apiece. McConathy also played well defensively.
Malik Cooper and Tobias Boone scored eight points each to lead Elm Grove.
Devin Bilbo came up big for the victorious Cope seventh-grade team with 22 points. Josh Norris was strong underneath the basket, grabbing 18 rebounds. Star Hampton had three big points.
Gabe Larry and Jalun Reed topped Elm Grove scorers with seven points each.
At Haughton, Tim King and Kedrick Boone poured in 18 points each as the Rusheon eighth-grade team won for the fourth time in its last five games. Kevin Pouncy added eight.
Tristan Sweeney and Marvin Seets led Haughton with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Malachi Burks tossed in eight points to lead the Haughton seventh-grade squad to the win. De’mareya Howard also helped the Bucs’ cause with seven points.
Ray Henry paced Rusheon with nine points. Artari Cook and LaDavion Coleman combined for 12.
NOTE: The above report was compiled from information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org