Cavaliers open season with OT loss to Bobcats

Carman- Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts (#1).

Carman- Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts (#1).

FLINT TOWNSHIP — Once again, Carman-Ainsworth and Grand Blanc opened the regular season against one another on Tuesday. The game between the Cavs and the Bobcats was a typical hard fought, close contest that Grand Blanc pulled out, 71-66, in overtime.

Carman-Ainsworth held a slim lead throughout most of the game, but could not hold on in the end. The Cavs led, 19-16, after one quarter and 32-29 at the half. Carman-Ainsworth extended its lead to 44-39 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats outscored the Cavs, 21-16, in the fourth to send it to overtime. Grand Blanc scored 11 points compared to just six for the Cavs in the extra session.

Denzel Watts led Carman-Ainsworth with 23 points, while Cameron Morse scored 13 and Jaylen Randle added 11.

Grand Blanc was led by David Battle’s 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Nick Randle had 19 points, four assists and two steals and Bart Williams added 15 points, six assists and five rebounds.

“(We were) down most of the game but never gave up,” Grand Blanc coach Chris Belcher said. “The kids are taking a lot of pride in their season this year. As we were down by three with 20 seconds left, the kids came to the side and just believed they could win. It was pretty cool to be part of that atmosphere.”

Carman-Ainsworth, 0-1 overall, hosts Flint Northern on Tuesday and travels to Flushing next Friday. The Cavaliers will have a chance to avenge this loss as the two teams play again on Jan. 2 at Grand Blanc.

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