A couple of exciting, hotly contested games that had a big effect on the standings highlighted Monday’s Bossier Parish middle schools boys basketball district action.
In a back-and-forth seventh-grade game, the Greenacres Mustangs edged the Haughton Bucs 39-38 at Haughton.
The victory enabled the Mustangs to finish the first half of district play 5-0. Greenacres leads Cope and Haughton by two games.
In other seventh-grade games, Cope defeated Rusheon 25-16 and Elm Grove dropped Benton 31-21.
In a tight eighth-grade game, the Rusheon Rams got past previously undefeated Cope 56-52 at Rusheon at Cope.
In other eighth-grade games, Benton downed Elm Grove 42-20 and Greenacres downed Haughton 34-19.
Rusheon’s victory means the Rams, Benton and Cope will go into the second half of district play tied for the lead at 4-1.
At Greenacres, Haughton led by three late in the game but Greenacres went on a 5-0 run to take a 38-36 lead.
The Bucs tied the game at 38 with two free throws with about a minute left. Greenacres’ Malcolm Britt hit one of two free throws with about 50 seconds left to give the Mustangs the 39-38 lead.
It was the second straight tough loss for Haughton, which suffered a three-point setback to Cope last Thursday.
Britt led Greenacres with 20 points. Max Washburn added six. Jeremiah Jefferson and Carson Slack added five each. Coach Trey Wynn praised Will Tynes for his rebounding efforts.
Tristan Sweeney topped Haughton with 14 points. D’Marcus Hall chipped in with 11.
Fred Lemons led the victorious Greenacres’ eighth-grade team with 14 points. Trey Taylor added nine and Marcus Mitchell eight.
Alexander Morris led Haughton with five. Deandre Feaster, James Rose and Cortes scored four apiece.
At Benton, Tobias Boone and Gnoble Peterson scored eight points and seven points, respectively, to lead the Elm Grove seventh-grade team to the win.
Tre Butler pumped in 13 points to lead Benton. Coach Jared Stowell said Bryson Connell and Tyler Ivy both put forth good efforts.
Johntavious Johnson led the victorious Benton eighth-graders with 13 points. Bubba Osby added nine. JT Brice, Ethan Yarbrough and Brad Fream all contributed to the victory with their hustle, Stowell said.
Amani Larry scored eight points for Elm Grove and Christian Galvan added four.
At Cope, Brandon Marshall scored 10 points on five-of-nine shooting and Thomas Williams added eight to lead the Cougars victorious eighth-grade team. Brian Marshall, starting for the first time in place of an ill teammate, chipped in with five.
Cope coach Ron Walsworth said Jamal Johnson played “fantastic defense.”
Kedrick Henderson led Rusheon with 12 points.
Jacoby Decker had a monster game for the victorious Rusheon eighth-grade team, scoring 29 points. Brenden Mosley also came up big with 19. Ja’Nyron Rogers added eight.
Tarae Robinson and Kameron Davis scored 14 each to lead Cope. Kalaas Roots chipped in with 13.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com