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Boys basketball: Cubero, Lacey lead Layton Christian over Ben Lomond

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jan 14, 2022

LAYTON — In social circles, the world sometimes refers to success and status as keeping up with the Joneses.

At Layton Christian Academy, basketball acumen can be measured by keeping up with the Cuberos.

Tuesday, Miriana Cubero scored double-digit points in a win against Ogden. Twin brother Isaac Cubero has reached double figures in each of LCA’s boys games this week.

Friday, LCA boys basketball continued to show that a rugged preseason schedule has paid off, racing to a huge first-half lead, then weathering a strong second half from Ben Lomond to capture a 71-57 victory in Region 13 play.

Both Cuberos are lithe 6-foot-plus athletic types and their positions are equally listed as point guard/shooting guard.

“We support each other. I love her; I’m happy and proud of her and she’s proud of me,” Isaac Cubero said. “In Costa Rica back home, we worked together, but now each team has its own practices and its harder to do. She’s a shooter; I was the guy that always handled the ball, so I teach her some things and she has helped me with my shot.”

And shoot he can.

Cubero scored the first six points of the game as the Eagles flew to a quick 10-0 lead, and finished with 11 points as he turned his attention to dishing dimes to his teammates. Tyrese Lacey led the Eagles with 20 points and Sammy Ishimwe added nine.

“I don’t mind about double digits; just play hard for the team and do what I can to help the team win, whether its assists or points,” Cubero said.

LCA (8-5, 2-0 Region 13), a 3A school, played a bunch of 6A and 5A teams before region started and it has taken a while to mesh together players from all over the world — but the Eagles seem to have found their wings.

“We played teams better than us and it took us a while to get to know each other because we come from different places. We’ve had to work it out, but we’re getting there,” Cubero said.

The Eagles soared to a 39-17 halftime bulge on the strength of the 10-0 opening and a 15-3 run in the second stanza.

“Mostly good defense; the things we did gave us a chance to score points,” Cubero said. “We play good defense, we don’t have to worry about the offense.”

But Ben Lomond (8-4, 0-1) played a solid second half, outscoring LCA 40-32 after the break, but saw its eight-game win streak snapped.

Preston Williams led Ben Lomond with 15 points and Chauncey Whitty checked in with 10. Trenton Harris came off the bench to score eight for the Scots.

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