The Alice Coyotes had the state-ranked London Pirates on the ropes for most of Tuesday night.

However, when it mattered most, the Pirates came up clutch and managed to steal a win from the Coyotes in the non-district contest.

Sophomore Ty Leonard sank back-to-back free throws with 3.8 seconds left to play to give the Pirates a 62-61 victory. The free throws completed a come-from-behind victory in a game which they trailed by 15 points at halftime.

Thanks to a big first quarter by Ramiro Chavez and John Leija, the Coyotes jumped out in front of London, 22-13. Chavez scored 10 and Leija scored nine. Josh Harris scored four to lead the Coyote in the second quarter. Defensively, Alice held London to only five points to build a 33-18 lead at halftime.

London, currently ranked seventh in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, picked up the pace in the second half. They scored 23 points in the third and 21 in fourth.

The two points Leonard scored at the end were two of only eight that he had in the game. Grant Glasson had 24 points, including 14 second-half points. Kade Jones had 17 points.

Leija led Alice with 21 points. Chavez ended the game with 11 and Harris had 10. Austin Garcia scored eight.

The Coyotes are playing in the Laredo Border Olympics basketball tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their next home game is Tuesday against Class 3A Banquete.