Former Tucson High standout Alexis Cortez helped lead Astros de Jalisco to a National Professional Basketball League of Mexico Championship

Alexis Cortez is second from right, holding a championship trophy. (Liga Sisnova LNBP Femenil Photo)

The Astros won the South Championship three weeks ago and the team from Jalisco came back from a 3-2 deficit to beat Adelitas 69-64 in game seven of the inaugural championship of the National Women’s Professional Basketball League of Mexico. Former Phoenix Mercury player Arica Carter was named the tournament MVP.

Former Tucson High standout Alexis Cortez shot 54.5 percent from the field for the Astros, averaging nine minutes and 2.4 points per game. Cortez averaged 12.7 points a game playing in the Romania League last year.


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