Cavs beat Chargers, prepare for Cardinals

Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts shoots one from the free-throw line.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts shoots one from the free-throw line.

FLINT — The Carman-Ainsworth boys’ basketball team has been playing better defense of late which has led to more victories, but veteran coach Bob Root knows there is still work to be done on the offensive end.

“Our offensive execution has to get much better,” he said.

That was the feeling after last Friday’s 52-49 victory over Flint Powers. The Cavs led, 29-24, at the half and held a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter only to see Powers tie the game late in the fourth. Carman- Ainsworth made its free throws down the stretch and watched as Powers’ half-court shot just missed at the final buzzer.

Denzel Watts scored a game-high 23 points including 16 in the second half to lead the Cavs, while Justin Person added 10. Danny Meissner led Powers with 13 points with Quinn McNeal chipping in 11.

“It was a sloppy game,” Root said. “We had several traveling calls and three or four illegal screens called on us. It was sloppy on both sides.”

Root stated the Cavs pulled away from Powers at the freethrow line where Carman- Ainsworth was 13-for-17, while the Chargers were 5-for-9.

Carman-Ainsworth, 5-5 overall, 2-0 Big Nine, travels to Davison, 2-0 Big Nine, tomorrow with first place on the line.

“It’s a big game,” said Root. “Davison is a very physical team and tough around the basket. We will have to get better in that area, but it will be a very physical game.”

The Cavs will welcome Flint Northwestern on Jan. 31.

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