Boys hold on to Valley lead

Carman-Ainsworth’s Jamarreyon Houston goes up for a lay-up against Bay City Central on Jan. 16.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Jamarreyon Houston goes up for a lay-up against Bay City Central on Jan. 16.

FLINT – The Carman-Ainsworth boys’ basketball team was back on the winning track Tuesday night, blowing out Lapeer 77-45.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 17-10 lead after the first that eventually ballooned into a 39-20 advantage by halftime. Carman-Ainsworth then outscored the Lightning 38-25 in the second half to cement the victory.

As a team, the Cavs shot 63% from the field and won the rebounding battle 23-14. Carman-Ainsworth also recorded 14 assists on 35 made baskets, while turning the ball over only six times.

Ja’Kavien Lewis led the Cavs with 22 points, six assists, six steals and two rebounds. O’Mari Duncan added 10 points, two assists, a rebound and a steal. Michael Fletcher also had nine points and five rebounds and Courtney Thomas contributed nine points, a rebound and an assist. Dallas Green led Carman-Ainsworth in rebounding with seven boards, while also scoring four points.



Nick Jensen led Lapeer with 13 points and four rebounds. Drew Knickerbocker added eight points, and Ian McAllister contributed seven points and an assist.

The Cavaliers’ nine-game winning streak came to an end at the Red Hawk Showcase in Grand Rapids on Saturday, as Carman-Ainsworth lost to Holland West Ottawa 45-27.

The Cavs were slow out of the gate and were outscored 13-2 in the opening quarter and trailed 30-11 by halftime. Carman-Ainsworth outscored the Panthers 16-15 in the second half, but was unable to mount a comeback. The Cavs shot a miserable 37% from the field and committed 13 turnovers.

Duncan scored five points and had four rebounds. Donnal Conway added five points, a rebound and an assist. Michael Fletcher and Dustin Fletcher each contributed four points and three rebounds.

Last Friday, the Cavs continued their winning ways by beating Bay City Western 60-42. Carman-Ainsworth came out hot in the first half, outscoring the Warriors 18-9 and 15-8 in the first and second quarters, respectively.

Lewis finished with 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Michael Fletcher had 11 points and six rebounds. Dustin Fletcher added 10 points and two rebounds. Duncan also had nine points and two rebounds, and Conway added six points.

Carman-Ainsworth, 11-2, is at Flint Powers Catholic tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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