Loaded with both talent and height, the Cuba City boys basketball team is making a statement already in just the first two games played.
The Cubans jumped right into SWAL action with a 58-33 victory over Darlington on Dec. 1. Cuba City head coach, Jerry Petitgoue said you could tell it was a first game for his team. "It was our first game, but you have to give Darlington some credit," Petitgoue said. "I thought Darlington played very, very well and they will be a strong contender in the conference."
The Cubans offense got off to a slow start and held only a 24-20 lead at the half. "Offensively we didn't play well and in the second half we finally put things together," Petitgoue said. "Defensively we were tough all night."
The Cubans created 18 Darlington turnovers, but Petitgoue said his team didn't capitalize on those turnovers. "Those are things we have to improve on," Petitgoue said. "It was a good first game especially offensively for Corey Vasseen who had 25 points."
Zach Adams led the team with seven rebounds and Nate Murray led the defense with seven ball deflections.
A 90-34 non-conference win over Pecatonica Monday night showcased the Cubans scoring ability and the depth on this years Cuba City team.
Petitgoue said Pecatonica is better than what they played last night. "They may have been somewhat intimidated by our size," Petitgoue said. "They had 28 turnovers and you can't turn the ball over that many times and win the game."
The Cubans opened with a lights out offense and outscored Pecatonica 25-10 in the first quarter and held them to just four points in the second quarter to take a 45-14 half-time lead. The Cubans didn't let up in the third quarter and raced out to a 69-20 lead.
Petitgoue said they are keeping a new statistic this year and that is ball deflections. As a team, the Cubans had 52 ball deflections. "Overall I was really impressed with the play from our bench," Petitgoue said. "I was pretty pleased with the overall flow of the game and how everyone played especially Einar Frimodt, Griffin Echhart, Jeff Meckstroth, Jason Derby and Jordan Huber."
Murray led the team with 16 points while Derby added 15 and Vaassen had 14. Eckhart paced the Cubans with seven rebounds.
The Cubans host Riverdale tomorrow (Friday night) and will travel to Fennimore on Thursday, Dec. 15 before hosting Southwestern on Tuesday, Dec. 20.