Yerger Middle School eighth grade hoopsters split victories on the hardwood facing Ashdown and Hot Springs for their previous battles for junior boys basketball action to finish out the first half of the 2017-18 season schedule.

Yerger Middle School eighth grade hoopsters split victories on the hardwood facing Ashdown and Hot Springs for their previous battles for junior boys basketball action to finish out the first half of the 2017-18 season schedule.

On last Thursday night, YMS traveled to Spa City to face the Hot Springs Jr. Trojans for eighth grade hoops. In close battle down to the wire, Hope would lose a two point contest to Hot Springs, 40-38. In the first half action, YMS trailed Hot Springs by a point at the conclusion of opening period play 12-11.

In the second, Hot Springs outscored Hope 13-11. At the break, YMS trailed the Jr. Trojans 25-22 halftime. In the second half, YMS outscored Hot Springs 16-15 for third and fourth quarters combine, but the Jr. Trojans would secure victory 40-38.

For the game, Hope's Ammorrion Dempsey led scoring with 16 points and Davian Durden added 12 points for a duo of double-figures. Tyzhan Jones followed with five points, Erik Haynie and Cortez Rhodes each had two points apiece.

Then, for Saturday hoops, YMS returned to home competition to pull out a dominant win over Ashdown 42-24. In first half play, Hope stormed to a 22-11 halftime lead advantage over Ashdown at the break. In the second half, Hope outscored Ashdown 20-13 for third and fourth quarters combine with YMS rolling onto the 18 point win.

For the game, Hope's Dempsey led scoring with 11 points for double-figures. Durden followed with eight points, Rhodes and Jones each scored five points apiece, Romero Frasier added three points, Haynie, Triston Burton, Marquavious Monk and Montavius Eason each had two points apiece. Ladarius Allen rounded out the scoring chipping in a point from the charity stripe.

YMS eighth grade boys basketball team will take their winning momentum into the second half of the 2017-18 season following the Christmas holiday break January 4, 2018 on the road battling De Queen with the ninth grade boys and girls teams for junior high hoops.