High school boys basketball: Layton Christian advances to 2A state final
RICHFIELD — Layton Christian Academy flexed it offensive muscle, and provided some defense, in its semifinal matchup with Beaver on Friday night.
The Eagles came away with a 53-39 win over the Beavers thanks to some impressive play from its backcourt duo of senior Mark Burton and junior Nicolas Aguirre.
“They played well today,” Layton Christian Academy head coach Bobby Porter said. “We have a total team. Our bigs can play just like our guards.”
Both guards showcased their speed and shooting ability against the Beaver defense. Burton had 23 points while Aguirre finished with 18.
“We love playing with each other and it kind of shows out there,” Burton said. “We’re brothers on and off the court, so we have that great chemistry out there.”
The Beavers stuck with the Eagles in the first quarter and trailed by just six going into the second quarter. The Beavers had a hard time scoring the rest of the half as Layton Christian Academy held it to only four points in the second quarter.
“When we play together we are a really good team,” Aguirre said. “I think the defense was really good. We were talking, everybody helping. Working together is the best way to win the game.”
The Eagles move on to the 2A state championship against Summit Academy. Porter knows how difficult it is to make it this far in the tournament and credits his team along with a little luck. Aguirre, for one, isn't satisfied just making it to the title game.
“We’re happy that we are in the final game, but we’re not happy just with the final game,” Aguirre said. “We gotta win it.”