Cavaliers beat Davison to clinch share of Big Nine championship

Denzel Watts had 22 points to lead the Cavaliers past Davison.

Denzel Watts had 22 points to lead the Cavaliers past Davison.

DAVISON — Carman- Ainsworth belied the notion that size makes the basketball team this season.

Considerably shorter than last year’s squad, the Cavaliers can still post the same regular-season record (16-4) if they beat a sub.-500 Brandon team tonight. They’re not a top-10 team like last year’s club, but they still rank high among the honorable mention teams in this week’s Class A poll.

These Cavs also did something last year’s team did not: Win a share of the Big Nine Conference championship.

Carman clinched a tie by beating Davison, 50-31, last Friday at Davison. Denzel Watts scored 22 points and Anton Wilson had 12 as the Cavs finished 5-1 in the league to tie Flint Powers Catholic. Wilson is their biggest player at 6-foot-5.

Cameron Morse added eight points for Carman, which has won eight straight games.

The Cavs started slowly against Davison with an 8-4 lead in the first quarter. But they exploded with a 19-4 second period to take a 27-8 lead into halftime.

Just like their last meeting at Carman, Davison rallied in the second half, though not as dramatically as in the 69-60 game Jan. 28. The Cardinals used a 15-8 third period to close within 35-23 of the Cavs, but Carman nailed it down with a 15-8 finish in the fourth.

After tonight’s regular-season finale, Carman will go into Class A district tournament play Monday at Saginaw Arthur Hill against Owosso. The district also contains fifth-ranked Saginaw, Flint Northern and Flushing. If the Cavs get past Owosso, they will meet Saginaw at 7 p.m. next Wednesday. In the other bracket, the winner of Monday’s Flushing-Arthur Hill game will play Northern at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The championship game is at 6 p.m. March 11.

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