DAVISON – Carman-Ainsworth played some of its best basketball of the season in the last few weeks, but the Cavaliers’ year came to a close last Friday with a 51-43 loss to host Davison in the Class A district final.
Carman-Ainsworth finished 9-13 but went 7-5 in its last 12 games, including a double-overtime loss to Davison on Feb. 20 after losing to the Cardinals by 14 in December.
In their third meeting, Davison took early control of the district final with a 32-19 lead at halftime. But Carman-Ainsworth stormed back with a 15-5 third quarter to pull within 37-34 going into the final eight minutes. Davison countered with a 14-9 fourth quarter to nail down the victory and the district championship.
Ten Cavaliers scored in the contest, led by Jakavien Lewis with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Jaylen Bradley had six points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Omari Duncan also scored six points, Cahlil Brownlee had six steals and Juwan Evans had five rebounds and three steals.
Frank Vukaj led Davison with 16 points, Dylan Alderson scored 14 and each player grabbed nine rebounds. The Cardinals advanced to Monday’s regional semifinals at Bay City Western, where they lost to Saginaw Arthur Hill 84-55 and finished 16-7.
Carman-Ainsworth reached the district final by edging Kearsley 50-48 in the March 11 semifinals. Bradley’s tip-in at the buzzer off a missed shot by Lewis capped a fourth-quarter rally by the Cavs. Kearsley had taken a 37-26 lead with a 21-8 third-quarter domination, but Carman-Ainsworth ratcheted up its defense in the fourth and outscored the Hornets 24-11.
Evans led the Cavs with 13 points, Lewis had 10 to go with four rebounds and four steals, and Bradley had eight points and four rebounds. Jarell Giles had seven points and three steals, Chan Pearson had six points and Juwan Willis had six rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Kearsley finished at 12-9.