FLINT TWP. — The Carman-Ainsworth boys’ basketball team went undefeated in league play last season to win the final Big Nine title. This season, the Cavaliers joined the Saginaw Valley League-South along with Davison, Flushing, Flint Powers, Flint Northern, Flint Northwestern and Flint Southwestern.
Bob Root returns for his 20th season at the helm of the Cavaliers and his 26th year overall as a coach. Carman-Ainsworth finished last season with a 14-8 overall record.
Root has the fortunes of having All-State guard Denzel Watts returning for his senior season. The four-year varsity player will play his college ball for the University of Alabama-Birmingham next season.
Also returning this season are three-year varsity player Cameron Morse and two-year players Jaylen Randle, Justin Person and Brenne Gleason. The Cavs also have a welcome addition in Flint Powers transfer Justice Green.
“(We are) strong at the guard position,” Root said. “We are a very small team, but have six players with varsity experience.
“All three city teams will be tough along with Davison, Powers and Flushing. I think the league is very balanced with no clear favorite. We must rebound well as a team and defend well to be successful. (We) must improve (our) work ethic. If we can outwork other teams, we have enough talent to be successful.”