It was the Coyotes' first win over Beeville in five seasons

Pete Garcia, Alice Echo-News Journal

BEEVILLE As far as early season games go, this one was pretty big, especially since Alice had not beaten the Beeville Trojans in five years.

The Coyotes broke that spell in Beeville Tuesday night, winning a thrilling 70-68 contest with a pair of late free throws and a last-second blocked shot.

The heroics belonged to Alice High School senior Brian Heras.

After the Coyotes went ahead by 14 at halftime, the Trojans slowly chipped away and tied the game in the final minute.

Alice, though, had a chance to go ahead when Heras was fouled with only three seconds left in the game. Heras cashed in on the opportunity by sinking both free throw shots to put Alice ahead, 70-68.

Coach George Beltran then sent his team back in a half-court defense. When Beeville was able to get the ball within range and take a potential game-tying shot, it was Heras who was there for the block.

"He was just there and blocked it just as time ran out," Beltran said. "It was a big play; so were the two free throws. It was a great job."

The non-district preseason victory was Alice first against Beeville since 2002.

The Coyotes dominated early thanks to an even scoring effort by its starters. Ricky Pena led the team in scoring with 17. Marcus Zapata and Chris Mijares each added 14 and David Johnson scored 12.

The win improves Alice to 3-2 for the season. The Coyotes head to the Gregory-Portland tournament which begins Thursday. Alice will face Gregory-Portland followed by Port Lavaca-Calhoun in the first day of the event.

Victoria Memorial 51

Alice 46

Maybe the third time will be the charm. The second time certainly wasn't.

The Alice Lady Coyotes lost on the road to the Victoria Memorial Lady Vipers Tuesday night, 51-46.

It was the team's second loss to Victoria Memorial this season. The Lady Vipers will be in Alice Friday and Saturday for the Lady Coyotes Invitational basketball tournament.

On Tuesday, Alice overcame a sluggish first half to make it a game in the second. The Lady Coyotes trailed 36-16 at halftime, but slowly made their way back in the third and fourth quarters.

Ashley Arrellano led Alice with 14. Kim Rea had 11 points.