Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal
Every time the Alice Coyotes needed a boost Friday night Marcus Zapata delivered.
When he was done, he finished as the game's highest scorer with 23 points, 21 of which came off his seven three-pointers.
Still, that and the effort of the rest of the Coyotes wasn't enough to overcome Corpus Christi Moody.
The Trojans used a speedy offense, a full-court press and some consistent foul shooting to beat the Coyotes, 62-53.
Zapata's three-point scoring happened in spurts. In the second quarter, he gave Alice its first lead of the game when he hit three three-pointers inside the first four minutes of the period. He finished the quarter with four three-pointers.
The Coyotes trailed 47-41 to start the fourth quarter, but a pair of three-balls and transition points by Ricky Pena, David Johnson and Chris Mijares put Alice ahead by as much as six.
Moody responded by converting a series of free throws down the stretch and regaining the lead for good.
Alice, which will continue its season Tuesday night on the road against Sinton, dropped to 6-10 for the season with the non-district loss. Moody improved to 10-5.