The district championship races in Bossier Parish middle school boys basketball are going down to the wire.
The Cope Cougars moved into a tie for first place in the seventh-grade district with a 35-25 victory over Rusheon Monday at Rusheon.
Cope and Rusheon are both 7-1 with two games to play. Cope avenged a 45-34 loss to Rusheon in the teams’ first meeting.
In other seventh-grade games, Benton defeated Elm Grove 32-23, and Greenacres downed Haughton 29-21.
Rusheon and Greenacres both won Monday and remain in a tie for first in the eighth-grade district.
Rusheon edged Cope 35-30, and Greenacres defeated Haughton 50-29.
The Rams (7-1) and Mustangs (7-1) will break the tie Thursday at Greenacres. The winner earns a share of the district title.
In another eighth-grade game, Benton got past Elm Grove 34-28.
At Cope, Quillon Dixon paced the Cope seventh-grade team with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Jack Hunter Johnson scored eight points and had seven steals. Trenton Ivy had five points and five rebounds.
Keldrick Carper topped the Rusheon eighth-graders with 12 points. Caleb King and Kevin Bonapart combined for 13.
KJ Bilbo had a double-double for Cope with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Tybren Wimberly added 10 points. Jonathan Brandon had four points and five assists.
At Haughton, Kendall Brown poured in 16 points and Coby McGee added eight to lead the Greenacres seventh-grade team.
Mario Cook paced Haughton with 11 points and Malcolm Hall had seven.
Noah Hildebrand scored 16 points to lead the Greenacres eighth-graders.
Josh James chipped in with nine points. Chris Davenport, Harvey Calhoun and Anthony Mulrenin combined for 17.
Charles Harper led Haughton with nine points. Colton McClain added five.
At Benton, Doyle Adams and TJ Anderson scored 11 points each to lead the Tigers seventh-grade team.
Adams made 7-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Knije Harrison led Elm Grove with eight points, and Tyrik Hutchinson had five.
The Benton eighth-graders got eight points each from Robin Moore and Jason Bellew.
Malcolm Banks led Elm Grove with 12, and KJ Caver had five.