Hope's talented ninth grade boys basketball team put together a productive run in their play during district tourney competition for season 2017-18. Hope came out victorious in first round action over the weekend over Hot Springs Lakeside Jr. Rams 32-26 to advance to the semifinals, but fell short to the Magnolia Cubs 52-41 Monday night in De Queen.

Hope's talented ninth grade boys basketball team put together a productive run in their play during district tourney competition for season 2017-18. Hope came out victorious in first round action over the weekend over Hot Springs Lakeside Jr. Rams 32-26 to advance to the semifinals, but fell short to the Magnolia Cubs 52-41 Monday night in De Queen.

The loss ended Hope's season of junior high hoops but came away with impressive wins throughout the entire season under the veteran coaching guidance of head coach Ricky Rhodes. 

Hope pulled off key victories against Arkadelphia, Caddo Hills, Texarkana, Ashdown, Malvern, Hot Springs Lakeside and De Queen.

5A SOUTH JR. HIGH BOYS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT 2018

First Round

HOPE 32, LAKESIDE 26

Hope coasted to an early spark to finish first period play leading the Jr. Rams 15-11. In the second quarter, Hope outscored Lakeside 12-6. At the break, Hope maintained an 10-point lead advantage over Lakeside, 27-17. In the second half, Hope stepped up productively on the defensive end to hold Lakeside scoreless in the third quarter and only nine points scored in the fourth quarter under double-digits. Hope outscored the Rams for the final two periods of play 15-9 to secure victory and advance to the semifinals of district tourney play for back to back wins over the Rams. For the game, Hope's Cory Lewis led scoring with nine points, Travion Rhodes followed with eight points, Tevin Hayden added six points, Zykeis Raglon had five points, Caden Brown and Jatario Lewis each contributed two points apiece.

Semifinals

HOPE 41, MAGNOLIA 52

For the third meeting of the season, Hope look to take down the top-seeded Magnolia Cubs in a competitive semifinals bout at district. Hope sparked early with momentum with high energy on both ends of the court against Magnolia. Hayden drained three 3-pointers with Raglon, Cory Lewis and Rhodes all contributing buckets from the field soared Hope to the 14-13 lead over Magnolia at the end of first period play. In the second, the Cubs regained the lead with the first basket of the period, but Jatario Lewis split a pair of free-throws to knot the contest at 15-15 at the 4:31mark. Magnolia would go on a mini scoring run, but Hope stayed within striking distance with Hayden swishing his fourth 3-pointer from behind the arc and Rhodes following up with a basket. At halftime, Hope trailed Magnolia, 26-20.

In the second half, the Cubs held onto their lead with an 18-point scoring period in the third with Hope held to seven points in the period. Magnolia took an 44-27 lead at the end of three quarters of action. In the fourth quarter, Hope battled back to cut their deficit into single digits down to the 1:17 mark trailing Magnolia, 49-41. Hayden and Cory Lewis knocked down 3-pointers with Brown scoring two key baskets to melt down Magnolia's lead, but the Cubs would clinch a few free-throws at the foul line that secure them the win over Hope.

For the game, Hayden led scoring with 14 points and four 3-pointers made for double-figures. Cory Lewis scored eight points with two 3-pointers, Brown sparked for seven points, Rhodes and Jatario Lewis each finished with five points apiece and Raglon contributed two points.