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Vale’s Colton Kesey goes for a put-back duringa game against Nyssa last season. Keseyis the only returning starter from last year’sedition of the Vale varsity basketball team. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

PAYETTE – Adam Diaz scored 24 points and Vale shot 76% from the free-throw line on the way to a 62-33 non-league boys basketball victory over Payette Saturday.

Trent Aldred chipped in nine points for the Vikings (2-2).

Vale jumped ahead early, building a 16-4 lead after the first quarter. 

“We played really well in the first half,” said Vale coach Colby Shira.

Shira said the Vikings rebounded well during the contest.

Vale also defeated Payette (0-3) on Dec. 7, 70-43.

Dec. 12, the Vikings faced Parma for the second . . .