The Rusheon Rams and the Cope Cougars share first place in the Bossier Parish boys basketball eighth-grade district after victories Thursday.
Cope defeated Benton 57-36, knocking the Tigers out of a three-way tie for the lead. Rusheon downed Greenacres 47-40. In the other eighth-grade game, Elm Grove defeated Haughton 36-14.
Cope and Rusheon are 5-1 in district play. Benton is 4-2.
Greenacres maintained a two-game lead in the seventh-grade district with a 40-34 victory over Rusheon. Cope, which defeated Benton 42-23, and Haughton, which downed Elm Grove 37-14, are tied for second.
Greenacres improved to 6-0. Cope and Haughton are 4-2.
At Rusheon, the Rams hit seven 3-pointers in the eighth-grade victory. Jacoby Decker sank three of those and led Rusheon with 18 points.
Brenden Mosley hit two 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Ja’Nyron Rogers added 11, including one from behind the arc.
Fred Lemons topped Greenacres with 15 points. Ricky Williams and Trey Taylor scored six each.
Malcolm Britt poured in 19 points to lead the victorious Mustangs seventh-graders. Jayden Moseley added nine, and Carson Slack six. Greenacres coach Trey Wynn praised Tanner Timms, Max Washburn and Will Tynes for their all-around play.
Kedrick Henderson had a strong game for Rusheon with 16 points. Kevin Pouncy chipped in with 10.
At Cope, the Cougars went on a 16-4 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Tigers in the eighth-grade game.
TJ Robinson had a huge game, scoring 29 points. Cope coach Ron Walsworth said Antavious Freeman played well off the bench subbing for post player Kameron Davis, who got into foul trouble. Davis finished with seven points and Freeman had six. Hayden Travinski also scored six.
Bubba Osby paced Benton with 17 points.
Brothers Brian and Brandon Marshall combined for 10 steals in the Cougars’ seventh-grade victory. Brian Marshall also had a good night shooting and finished with 16 points. Brandon Marshall added eight points and Thomas Williams six.
Bryson Connell topped Benton with 11 points, including three second-half 3-pointers.
At Haughton, Legend Denler led the Elm Grove eighth-grade squad to the victory with 13 points. Alec Crain and Eric Brown scored six each.
Keyshawn Davis and Trenton Contario scored 10 points each to lead the victorious Haughton seventh-graders.
Gnoble Peterson and Samorii Dooley combined for 11 points to lead the Eagles.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org