The Rusheon Rams and Cope Cougars remained undefeated in the middle school boys basketball eighth-grade district with close victories Monday evening.
The Rams pulled way from the Benton Tigers in the game’s final minutes en route to a 41-34 victory at Benton.
The Cougars slipped past the Haughton Bucs 26-25 at Haughton.
In the other eighth-grade game, Elm Grove downed Greenacres 33-28 at Elm Grove.
Cope and Rusheon are both 3-0 with Benton one game back at 2-1.
Cope and Rusheon also continued to set the pace in the seventh-grade district.
The Cougars rolled past Haughton, and the Rams defeated Benton 48-38. Also, Greenacres edged Elm Grove 42-38.
Cope and Rusheon improved to 3-0. Greenacres is 2-1.
At Benton, Rusheon kept a slight lead for most of the first three quarters of the eighth-grade game before Benton tied it at 32 with a 6-0 run.
The Rams closed the game with a 9-2 run thanks to some clutch free throw shooting.
Isaiah Wallace and Landric Watson led a balanced Rams squad with 10 points each. Keshawn Jones added eight.
Benton got 11 points from Jalen Harding and nine from TJ Anderson.
Jacoby Decker had a big game for the Rusheon seventh-graders, pouring in 23 points. Montrez Henderson chipped in with 10.
Ethan Yarbrough paced Benton with 17 points. Jayree Anderson added eight and Bubba Osby seven.
At Haughton, Quillin Dixon scored 11 points and Trenton Ivy added eight to lead the Cope eighth-grade team to the victory.
Kamren Davis led the seventh-grade Cougars with eight points. Tarae Robinson had seven. Kaalas Roots and Antavius Freeman added six each.
At Elm Grove, Ty Hubbard led the Elm Grove eighth-graders to victory with 18 points.
Amani Larry scored 12 points and Eric Brown 10 for the Eagles’ seventh-grade team.