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High School Boys Basketball: Kingsville moves into tie for 1st with win against Alice

Rey Castillo
Corpus Christi Caller Times

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL

DISTRICT 31-4A

KINGSVILLE 79, ALICE 59

What this game means: Kingsville moved into a tie for first place with Tuloso-Midway in the District 31-4A standings. The Brahmas (10-4, 3-0) have won back-to-back district games in two nights after defeating Zapata on Friday. Alice suffered its second consecutive district loss after falling to Robstown in the first of the Coyotes' back-to-back contests. Alice is now 4-16 overall and 1-3 in district, but remained in fourth place in the league standings. 

Saturday's highlights: The Brahmas and Coyotes showed no signs of fatigue despite both teams having to play the night before. Kingsville, which was playing its second game after missing three weeks because of COVID-19 protocols, started fast behind Ace Lacour, who opened the game with his first of five 3-pointers. Sergio Villarreal gave Alice a 6-3 advantage on a 3-pointer of his own, but Lacour answered again with his second long-range shot to tie the game. The Coyotes led 9-7 before the Brahmas closed the opening quarter on a 7-3 run to take the lead for good. Kingsville outscored Alice 18-14 in the second quarter to take a 36-28 halftime lead. The Brahmas' defense held the Coyotes to eight points in the third quarter and Nathan Garcia supplied 20 of his game-best 36 points in the second half to help Kingsville pull away. The Coyotes' best quarter came in the fourth behind Ryan Salas, who scored eight of the team's 21 points. The Coyotes outscored the Brahmas 21-13 in the final period. 

Saturday's stars: Garcia led all scorers with 36 points and Lacour scored 18 points to pace the Brahmas' offense. Salas and Hondo Vasquez each finished with 13 points and Iseah Harris scored 12 points to lead Alice. Kingsville connected on 10 3-pointers ––five coming from Lacour, two from Garcia, two from Steven Alaniz and one from Fabian Olivares. 

Kingsville's Nathan Garcia

Kingsville's Nathan Garcia on his 36-point performance: "It feels amazing to be honest. Just to take the big road of being the leader, and trying to lead my team to victory. We go to practice and work hard. It feels amazing to win."

Kingsville first-year coach Moses Mora on playing games again: "We're just trying to get into rhythm. We've had about two practices in a month, and then we played Robstown, Zapata and now a scrappy Alice team. We're starting to get the ball rolling again to prepare for the big game against T-M."

Alice junior Ryan Salas on the Coyotes' performance: "In the beginning of the game, we played with them. We were in it for the first two quarters but then in the third, we gave up some points. We have to keep playing through all four quarters. We were in it, but we came out soft in the third quarter."

Alice coach Anthony Elizondo on the Coyotes moving forward in district: "We have a young team and a team with guys that are kind of new to the varsity experience. The biggest part for me is them getting out here and competing. I really enjoy when they come out here and play the game the way they've been coached."

Next: Zapata at Alice, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Calallen at Kingsville, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.