Burns topples Vale, 59-51

Vale’s John Wolfe (No. 4 in white) puts up a shot while JP Friedrichsen tries for the block Saturday night. Burns defeated the Vikings, 59-51. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Truston Snapp poured in 22 points and teammate Dakota Ceja added 19 to help Burns defeat Vale 59-51 Saturday night in an Eastern Oregon League boys prep basketball game.

Burns (5-5) held off a late-game comeback bid by the Vikings (4-6) to claim the victory.

The loss, though, doesn’t automatically bounce the Vikings from post-season play. Vale will face Riverside (4-6) Wednesday night in Vale in a district play-in game. Winner of the game advances to the district tournament in La Grande at Eastern Oregon University Thursday. 

The Wednesday play-in game is at 5 p . . .