FLINT — It’s tough enough trying to beat Flint Powers Catholic on the basketball court without spotting the Chargers a 20- point lead in the first 10 minutes.
Carman-Ainsworth did just that last Friday and still nearly pulled off a miracle comeback, erasing all but four points of a 24-4 deficit before losing, 62-48, in a Big Nine Conference game at Powers.
The Cavaliers battled back to within 37-33 on a 3-pointer by Cameron Morse with 1:56 left in the third quarter. But they never saw the lead, and fourth-ranked Class B Powers pulled away again with a 19- 8 run to go up, 56-42.
The loss dropped Carman to 1-1 in the short Big Nine race, with a rematch against Powers on Feb. 11 at home.
Denzel Watts scored 14 points—12 of them in the second half— and Anton Wilson added 13 to lead the Cavs. Desmond Morris scored eight and Trevette Cochran-Moore had six.
Carman fell behind, 20-4, after one period, and then 24-4 with 6:35 left in the second. But the Cavs had missed 15 of their first 16 shots by then, and once they warmed up, they made a game of it.
Carman won the second quarter, 17-11, to narrow the gap to 31-21 by halftime, then outscored the Chargers, 12-6, in the first six minutes of third to get within 37-33. Powers regrouped and won the final quarter, 19-12.
Tuesday’s 65-64 homecourt loss to Flint Northern was probably harder to take, even though it was a nonleague game. The Cavs led, 18-11, after one period and were still up by seven, 33-26, after a 15-15 second quarter. But Northern rallied with a 21-15 third period to pull within 48- 47, then edged the Cavs, 18-16, in the fourth.
Watts had 20 points and Larry Doby scored 12. Both had five rebounds. Wilson managed only six points but grabbed seven rebounds.
The Cavs, 7-4 overall, will resume Big Nine play Friday with a home game against Davison at 7:30 p.m.