FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth picked up a few more points in the state poll and a ton of respect around the Flint area with a 62-57 basketball victory over Powers Catholic last Friday.
Three weeks after a 14-point loss at Powers, the Cavaliers hung with the fifth-ranked Class B Chargers throughout the first half and beat them, 34- 26, in the second half to forge a tie for first place in the Big Nine Conference. Both teams are 4-1 with one game to play.
The Cavs are 13-4 overall, which has earned them honorable mention status in the Class A poll. They have beaten two other state-ranked teams— Saginaw Buena Vista and Bridgeport— as well as perennial power Clarkston.
Denzel Watts led Carman with 19 points, including 14 in a crucial second quarter. Powers had gone ahead, 10-4, after one period and stretched its lead to 30-18 with 1:40 left in the half. But Carman closed the half on a 10-1 run to pull within 31-28 at intermission.
The Cavs tied it, 44-44, entering the final eight minutes and won the fourth quarter, 18-13.
Cameron Morse added 15 points, including a 3-pointer that put Carman up for good, 51-48, with five minutes left. Desmond Morris scored 12 points, seven coming in the final four minutes. Anton Wilson had six points.
The Cavs stepped outside the league Tuesday night and won a low-scoring contest at Flint Southwestern, 46-32. The Cavs led, 13-8, after one quarter and 27-21 at halftime. They didn’t put it away until a 13-4 fourth period. Wilson led this one with 16 points and Watts scored 12.
Carman will take a six-game winning streak against Swartz Creek next Tuesday in another non-league game. The Cavs can clinch at least a share of the Big Nine title with a win at Davison on Feb. 25.