FLINT TOWNSHIP — The Carman-Ainsworth boys’ basketball team was in for quite a battle on Tuesday against former Big Nine rival Swartz Creek. The Cavaliers had to battle back and win the game in overtime, 69-68.
Creek built a four-point halftime lead thanks in part to a 14-12 edge in the first quarter and a 13-11 edge in the second. The Cavs trailed at the half, 27- 23.
Carman-Ainsworth began its comeback in the third quarter with a 17-14 advantage to trail by one entering the fourth quarter. The Cavs outscored Creek, 18-17, in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime and used an 11-10 edge in overtime to grab the win.
The Cavaliers scored a late basket and had to nervously wait as Creek’s JD Tisdale missed two free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.
Denzel Watts led all scorers with 23 points, Cameron Morse came through with 16 and Justice Green added 13.
Creek was led by Tisdale with 20 points, Cal Henry added 19 and Max Cummings chipped in with 12.
Last Thursday, the Cavaliers traveled to Davison for a Saginaw Valley League showdown and won going away, 78-46.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead, 17-11, and increased the lead at the half to 40-22. Carman-Ainsworth did not let the Cardinals back in the game, as they outscored Davison, 17- 14, in the third and 21-10 in the fourth.
Morse led all players with 21 points, five assists and three steals, Denzel Watts came through with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals and Jaylen Randle added 11 points.
Carman-Ainsworth, 14-3 overall, 11-1 SVL, hosts Mt. Pleasant on Friday and travels to Bridgeport on Tuesday.