VALE – Diesel Johnson scored 17 points and Skyler Cade chipped in 13 to help lift Vale past Nyssa 57-52 Saturday night in an Eastern Oregon League contest.
The Vikings (2-1) trailed by as much as 12 points in the first half but regained momentum in the second to post the victory.
“We made some adjustments (in the second half) and the kids decided they wanted to play defense,” said Vale coach Colby Shira.
Friday night against Burns, Vale’s Ethan Mulvany led the Vikings with 15 points while Iziah Shaw scored nine, but the Hilanders shut down Johnson and claimed a 58-44 win.
“Burns did a good job on us and we didn’t do a very good job making adjustments,” said Shira.
The Vikings played Pendleton in Baker Tuesday then go on a road trip to Boardman – to face Riverside High School – and Umatilla this weekend.
The road trip to Boardman and Umatilla could end up being a key, early-season test for the Vikings boys, said Shira.
The Vale girls varsity basketball team defeated Burns 46-39 Friday but lost to Nyssa 46-39 Saturday night. The Lady Vikings are 2-1 in league play and they will also be on the road this weekend to face Riverside and Umatilla.
In other prep hoop action, the Adrian girls varsity basketball team swept weekend High Desert League action with wins over Huntington (46-43) and Four Rivers (52-17).
The Lady Antelopes are now 2-0 in league play.
The Adrian boys basketball team beat Huntington 73-20 on Thursday, Jan. 12, 73-20 and defeated Four Rivers 73-29 on Friday, Jan. 13. The Adrian boys team is now 2-0 in High Desert League action.
The Ontario boys team (0-2) lost to La Grande, 65-35 on Friday, Jan. 13.
The La Grande girls varsity basketball team defeated Ontario 56-17 Friday, Jan.13.
The Tigers girls are 0-2 in league play.
The Adrian girls will face Jordan Valley Friday, Jan. 20, while the Antelope boys take on were scheduled to play Harper Charter Tuesday, Jan. 17, and then face Jordan Valley Jan. 20.
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