Alice coach Marco Gonzalez, the son of a longtime Coyote coach, grew up in Alice and came up through the school’s athletic program and eventually became an assistant here before becoming the boys’ head basketball coach. And, in all that time, he can’t ever remember a Coyote basketball team chalking up a victory against Corpus Christi Carroll.

Well, his Coyotes have, and it’s not only one win they have against the Tigers this season; it’s two. The second victory came Tuesday night in a District 30-5A crossover game. Alice is in District 30-5A’s North Zone, while Carroll is in the South. The win doesn’t count towards the Coyotes’ district record since it wasn’t a zone game.

Alice beat Carroll, 69-64, Tuesday night in Corpus Christi. Sophomore point guard John Leija had the hot hand for the Coyotes, scoring 30 points, including six three-pointers. D’Andre Evans scored 12 and Ben Ynfante had 11.

The Coyotes also beat Carroll, 64-62, in the Calallen Christmas Classic tournament last week.

The two victories may be the product of the 2-15 Tigers having a down year and the Coyotes playing their best basketball of the season. Either way, the two wins and the four-game win-streak the Coyotes are currently riding is a big-time confidence boost.

The Coyotes began the Christmas Classic in Calallen with a loss to Class 4A’s No. 8-ranked West Oso. They then rattled off a 73-64 overtime win against Kingsville, the win against Carroll and a 66-49 win against Academy.

The Coyotes, now 8-10, have one more crossover game against Flour Bluff in Alice Friday night. Game time is 8 p.m. They then begin their North Zone schedule next week by hosting Corpus Christi Miller at 8 p.m. Tuesday.