FLINT TWP. – Carman-Ainsworth shook off a 19-day Christmas break and hit the floor running against Swartz Creek on Tuesday night, beating the Dragons 59-47 in a non-league boys’ basketball game at Carman-Ainsworth.
The Cavaliers stormed out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and weathered a Creek rally in the second quarter to trail 24-22 at halftime. Carman-Ainsworth tied it 36-36 with a 14-12 third quarter, then pulled away with a 23-11 explosion in the final eight minutes.
Jarell Giles led four players in double figures with 18 points and added three steals as the Cavaliers snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 overall. Jaylen Bradley had 14 points and six rebounds, Juwan Evans added 11 points, nine boards and four steals, and Josh Jackson also scored 11 points to go with four rebounds. Jakavien Lewis had an all-around game with seven points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Josh Bouchard led Creek, 1-4, with 11 points.
Carman-Ainsworth will host Saginaw in a Saginaw Valley League crossover game Friday and host state power Clarkston in a non-league battle Tuesday.