BRIDGEPORT — Carman-Ainsworth got back on the winning track Tuesday, beating No. 5-ranked Bridgeport, 67-38, to snap a twogame losing streak.
The Cavaliers had sailed through their first five games undefeated before losing to Grand Blanc on Jan. 4. That stumble became a twogame skid when they lost against Troy Athens last Friday, 66-58.
But the ship was righted Tuesday as Carman- Ainsworth jumped out to a 17-7 first-quarter lead at Bridgeport and stretched it to 37-16 at halftime. The Cavs held a commanding, 57-29 lead entering the fourth quarter and coasted to their sixth victory against two defeats.
Their 6-2 record has earned the Cavaliers some points in the season’s first Associated Press poll, where they are honorable mention in Class A. Bridgeport is No. 5 in the Detroit Free Press Class B rankings.
Anton Wilson led Carman-Ainsworth with 22 points and Denzel Watts scored 12. Desmond Morris chipped in eight points, while Cameron Morse and Larry Doby scored six apiece, as nine Cavaliers broke into the scoring column.
The Cavs couldn’t hold a lead against Troy Athens. Just as in their loss at Grand Blanc three days earlier, the Cavs started strong but succumbed to a second-half rally.
Carman-Ainsworth led Athens, 20- 16, after one quarter, and 34-27 at intermission. But the Redhawks took control with a 22-14 third quarter to edge ahead, 49-48, and nailed down the victory with a 17-8 final period.
Wilson led the Cavs with 19 points, six rebounds and five steals. Watts scored 12 points and Morris had 10.
Carman-Ainsworth will finally open Big Nine Conference play Friday with a game at Flushing. The Cavs will visit Flint Powers Catholic next Friday, Jan. 21. Powers won the Class B state title two years ago and is ranked second in Class B.