FLINT — The Cavaliers’ boys basketball team started slow this season, but seems to be hitting its stride as the season progresses, evidenced by its 66- 42 victory over previously unbeaten Bridgeport on Tuesday.
Carman-Ainsworth started strong and never let up as they led, 15-8, after one quarter and stretched the lead to 12 at the half with an 18-13 edge in the second.
The Cavs did not let the Bearcats back in the game in the second half, as they outscored them, 21-19, in the third and, 12-2, in the fourth.
Denzel Watts had a solid game with 18 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals, Cameron Morse scored 17 points, Jaylen Randle added 10 points and Malik Seales chipped in with six points and six rebounds. The Bearcats were led by Xavion Hopkins and Brandon Robinson with 10 points each.
“ We did a nice job with their quickness and athletic ability,” said Carman- Ainsworth coach Bob Root. “ We’ve improved on defense over the past week or so. We handled their pressure very well and were able to score off of their pressure. It was a very wide-open game.”
Carman-Ainsworth traveled to Flushing last Friday for a Big Nine showdown and came away with a 42-32 victory.
The game started slow with the Cavs leading, 5-4, after the first quarter and leading, 17-13, at the half.
The Cavaliers used a 13-6 edge in the third quarter to put the game away, as the Raiders edged the Cavs, 13-12, in the fourth.
Watts led the charge with 16 points, Justin Person scored 12 and Morse added six in the victory. Matt Launstein led the Raiders with eight points.
“Obviously, holding them to 32 points showed we had a good defensive effort,” Root said of the Cavs’ play.
Root feels his team is starting to gel at the right time.
“ We’ve had some personnel changes over the last week or so that includes bringing up Malik Seales from the JV and losing two players and our team chemistry has been getting better,” said Root. “ We are starting to work a little bit harder and we are preparing for a big game with Powers on Friday.”
Carman-Ainsworth, 4-5 overall, 1-0 Big Nine, hosts Powers Catholic tomorrow and travels to Davison on Jan. 27.