There is a three-way tie for first in the Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball seventh-grade district.
The Greenacres Mustangs, Elm Grove Eagles and Benton Tigers all share the lead at 3-1.
The Cope Cougars caused the logjam at the top with a hard-fought 31-30 victory over rival Greenacres on Thursday. In other seventh-grade games, Elm Grove defeated Rusheon and Benton downed Haughton 26-20.
Greenacres took sole possession of the eighth-grade lead with a 37-27 victory over Cope. The Mustangs improved to 4-0. Cope and Haughton, which defeated Benton 33-23, are tied for second at 3-1. In the other eighth-grade game, Rusheon defeated Elm Grove 43-27.
At Elm Grove, Tim King pumped in 24 points as the Rusheon eighth-grade team picked up its first district victory of the season. Kendrick Boone had seven steals and five rebounds. Brian Feaster scored seven points and Andrick Robinson added five.
Tre’ Butler paced Elm Grove with seven points. Peyton Lewis scored five.
Gabe Larry tossed in 13 points to lead the victorious Elm Grove seventh-grade team. Jalun Reed chipped in with eight.
Artari Cook led Rusheon with 10 points. Roderick Francis added seven.
At Benton, Haughton got 14 points from Tristan Sweeney and eight from D’Marcus Hall in the eighth-grade victory.
Kenny Gay paced Benton with seven points. Zach Lacour and Deagan Covington scored six each.
Ryan Ward and Ashur Hall scored six points each to lead the Benton seventh-grade squad to the win. Todd Dominick added five.
Peyton Stovall led Haughton with seven points. D’mareya Howard and Malachi Burks scored four each.
At Cope, Kedrick Henderson came up big for the Greenacres eighth-grade team, scoring 22 points. He had 12 points in the first half and 10 in the second, including a 3-pointer. D’Ante Bell added nine.
Brian Marshall and Devon Jason scored seven points each for Cope. Jose Santiago added five.
Devin Bilbo scored 10 points to lead the Cope seventh-grade team to the close victory. Josh Norris added six.
Bilbo hit a free throw with 11 seconds left to give the Cougars the lead. Cope then got a steal and ran out the clock.
Devon Corley and Devorrick Woods scored seven and six points, respectively, for the Greenacres seventh-graders.
NOTE: The above report is compiled from information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com