LAREDO  — The Alice Coyotes were looking to avenge an earlier district loss to the Toros in Alice, but fell short against the Laredo Cigarroa Toros 67-53 Tuesday night on the border.

“We did a very good job in the first half, but after halftime we just didn’t hold on to our lead,” Coyotes head coach George?Beltran said.

Alice led 27-21 at halftime and looked primed to avenge their earlier loss to the Toros, but things went south after starting the third frame.

One factor that hampered Alice was the play of Cigarroa big man Robert Zepeda., who the Coyotes didhave an anser for inside the paint.

“We didn’t cover their big man very well in the second half and he pretty  much beat us,” Belran said.

The loss hurt the Coyotes playoff asperations with six games remaining in district play.

“This was a tough loss because it basically puts us out of the playoff picture,” Beltran said. “We really needed to win this game and hope for help…but this loss hurts our playoff chances.”

R.G.?Gonzalz led Alice with 22 points followed by Chris Mijares with 18, Josh Paez had six, Javier Castillo added four and Nick Vela finished with three.

Cigarroa’s Zepeda led all scorers with a game-high 23 pointss and Ivan Mata chipped in with 13, the only Toros in double figure scoring.