Alice now even at 2-2 in 2007

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

There really was no comparison between Kingsville Academy and the Corpus Christi Carroll Tigers who beat Alice by more than 40 points a few days ago.

The difference between the two high school basketball teams is just like expected when comparing. Class 5A powerhouse and a small 5A. Eitherway, fresh off the the thrashing by Carroll, Alice put itself back in the win column by beating Academy, 65-51, Friday night in the Alice High School gymnasium.

It was a night in which Marcus Zapata put up points sort of similar to those which made him the team's leading scorer last season. The Alice High School senior, who coach George Beltran described as being in a "scoring slum," scored 16 points. Zapata had three three-point baskets. However, it was sophomore Chris Mijares which led the Coyotes in scoring with 19 points.

"Marcus hasn't been scoring like he did last season, so we've had to pick up the slack by driving to the basket and getting the easy points," Beltran said. "Overall, this team has played as well as we wanted. I haven't seen them clicking on the court."

The Coyotes led early in the ball game but pulled away with 21-point third quarter.

Alice (2-2) faces a tough road game against Class 4A Beeville Tuesday.