FLINT – Carman-Ainsworth hosts the district playoffs in the Class A state tournament starting on Monday. The Cavaliers (17-2) host Fenton (8-10) at 5 p.m. Monday night. The victor will take on the winner of the Flushing (14-5) vs. Flint Jaguars (4-14) matchup, which takes place at Flushing on Monday at 6 p.m.
On the other side of the bracket, Linden (11-6) hosts Grand Blanc (16- 3) on Monday at 6 p.m. The winner will play Swartz Creek (14-5), which received a bye, in the district semifinals.
The district semifinals will take place on Wednesday at Carman-Ainsworth. The Swartz Creek game will start at 5:30 p.m. with the second district semifinal slated to start at 7 p.m. The winners will compete in the district championship on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers will be favored to win the district, as they are currently ranked ninth in the state and fifth overall in Class A, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Grand Blanc will still be a tough-out, as the Bobcats boast a seventh-overall ranking in Class A, according to MaxPreps. No other teams in the district are ranked within the state.
Carman-Ainsworth won its seventh straight game last Friday, toppling Midland 67-45. The Cavaliers took a 25-16 lead into halftime and ultimately outscored Midland 42-29 in the final two quarters.
O’Mari Duncan led the Cavs with 19 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block. Ja’Kavien Lewis added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and four steals. Michael Fletcher finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and an assist. Dallas Green and Chris Ballard each added six points.
Last Wednesday, Carman-Ainsworth defeated Powers Catholic 57-48. The Cavs opened the game on an 18-6 run but only outscored the Chargers 42-39 for the remainder of the game.
Duncan led all scorers with 24 points along with his four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Lewis finished with 12 points, five assists and a rebound. Fletcher added eight points, five rebounds, three blocks and an assist. Ballard chipped in with eight points, two rebounds and a block.
Carman-Ainsworth, 17-2 overall and 13-0 in conference play, hosts Port Huron tonight at 5:30 p.m. in its last game of the regular season.