FLINT — The Cavaliers were coming off of an emotional win last Friday when they captured the last Big Nine title with a 58-55 victory over Davison to finish 6-0 in league play.
On Tuesday, the Cavs hosted Utica Eisenhower and struggled on offense en route to a 43-32 loss.
Eisenhower led, 11-9, after one quarter and stretched its lead to 18- 13 at the half. Carman-Ainsworth could not recover in the second half, as it was outscored, 9-8, in the third and 16-11 in the fourth.
Cameron Morse led the way with 10 points, Jaylen Randle scored nine and grabbed three rebounds and leading scorer Denzel Watts managed only three points and five assists.
Against Davison, the Cavaliers captured their 13th Big Nine title since Carman and Ainsworth combined 26 years ago.
The game looked as if it could be a blowout as the Cavs led, 9-7, after one quarter and stretched the lead to 26-12 at the half.
The third quarter saw Carman- Ainsworth outscore the Cardinals, 16-7, and entered the fourth quarter with a 42- 19 lead. The Cardinals offense exploded in the fourth quarter, as they outscored the Cavs, 36-16, but could not quite complete the comeback and tie the Cavs for the Big Nine title.
Watts led the Cavaliers with 20 points, nine rebounds, six steals and two assists, Morse scored 15 points, had five rebounds, four assists and three steals and Randle and Malik Seales added eight points each.
Carman-Ainsworth begins district play on Monday in District 10 at Flushing. The Cavs open the tournament with a game against Owosso, 9-10 overall, at 5:30 p.m. with the winner moving on to face Saginaw Arthur Hill, 15-5 overall, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
The other side of the bracket features Saginaw, 16-2 overall, against Flint Northern, 8-10 overall, on Monday at 7 p.m. with the winner facing Flushing, 1- 18 overall, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The finals are set for March 9 at 7 p.m.
Saginaw and Saginaw Arthur Hill should be considered the favorites as both have been ranked much of the season.
The Cavs, 12-7 overall, will conclude the regular season today against Ortonville-Brandon at home.