FLINT – Carman-Ainsworth got five late points to defeat Flushing 53-50 Tuesday. Aaron Williams had a hoop that put Carman-Ainsworth up 51-50 late in the period.
Ja’Kavien Lewis then had a steal and hoop to seal the victory. O’Mari Duncan had 12 points, and six rebounds. Lewis had 11 points. Chan Pearson had eight points, three steals and two boards. Michael Fletcher had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Williams had three points, three boards and three steals.
Joe Kujat had 16 points for Flushing. Andrew Harris tossed in 12.
The two teams meet again in the districts Monday, March 6.
Carman-Ainsworth defeated Saginaw 99-60 to win the overall Saginaw Valley League title last Friday.
The Cavaliers were up 24-6 after one and led 54-30 at the break. Carman- Ainsworth did a good job keeping Saginaw’s top two players quiet.
“Once again we got after it defensively and did an excellent job executing,” Carman-Ainsworth coach Jay Witham said. “Hopefully, we want to come into the tournament under the radar.”
The Cavaliers face Flushing in the opening game of the tournament. Duncan had 30 points for the Cavaliers.
Lewis added 27. Fletcher had 15 and Pearson added 12.
Class A at Owosso
Swartz Creek drew a bye in the Class A district on Monday and await the winner of Carman-Ainsworth – Flushing, both at 18-1 on the season. That battle takes place Monday at 6 p.m.
Creek sits at 10-8 overall and will play Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. Following that game, Owosso, 5-13, faces off with St. Johns, 15-4. The title is decided, Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. – K.W.