Maybe it was the just-finish new hardwood floor in Alice's gym, but the Coyotes opened their game against the Banquete Bulldogs at a good clip Tuesday night.

It was a good enough start that the Coyotes were able to weather a sluggish second half and pick up their second win of the new season. Alice withstood a second-half surge by the Class 3A Bulldogs to pull out a 60-54 victory. The win improves the Coyotes to 2-6 this season.

Thanks to a hot hand by senior John Leija, the Coyotes raced out to a 23-11 lead in the first half. They were able to build on that and take a 39-19 advantage going into halftime. Leija paced Alice with 20 points in the first half, including 11 in the first quarter and nine in the second. Josh Harris added six points in the first half.

The Bulldogs were able to cut into the Coyotes’ lead in the second. Freshman Jose Vivanco saved Alice in the fourth quarter with seven points, including two three-point baskets.

Alice coach Marco Gonzalez said he hopes his team is able to gain some momentum from the win and use it in the coming weeks.

“A win is a win,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll take one anytime we can get one. We’ll take this into the weekend and see if we can pick up a couple of more.”

Gonzalez said he’s confident Alice has a team that can compete against any team. It’s simply a matter of playing a complete game.

“I think we’re very capable of playing well,” he said. “We just need to come out and execute and I think the wins will follow. We played well I thought we played really, really well in the first half and not as good in the second half. We have to be able to finish off games better.”

The Coyotes are competing in the Three Rivers tournament this weekend.