Vale boys even season with win over Payette

VALE – After an earlier week loss to Idaho 3A Parma, Vale boys’ basketball coach Colby Shira was looking for some answers. On Saturday, December 7, Colby may have answered a few questions as the Vikings picked up win number one with a 70-43 victory over Idaho 3A Payette at Dave Hawk Gymnasium.

The Vale offense found the rhythm early, going on a 16-point run to start the game with the defense not allowing the Pirates to place points on the score until 1 minute, 52 seconds was left in the first quarter. Vale held a 10 point lead at the end of the first eight minutes and extended the lead to 20 points at the half, 38-18.

“We played a lot better today and took better shots than we did against Parma,” said Colby. “Our defense played better also, but we fouled too much.”

In the matchup, Payette went to the line a total of 25 times.

“We need to block out on rebounding and that will cut down the fouls,” Colby said. “Overall, this was like night and day when you look at how we played against Parma.”

Brayden Gregory led Vale in the team’s first win with 26 points.

“Brayden played the game we believed he could,” said Colby.

Adam Diaz finished with 12 points and Colton Kesey added 10 points.

From the free throw line, the Vikings were 10-for-15 for 67 percent.

Vale (1-1 overall) will see the same two teams in the upcoming week. The Vikings are on the road to Parma on Thursday, December 12 looking for redemption against the Panthers and will be in Payette on Saturday looking to repeat the dominance over the Pirates.

Note: The game scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 has been rescheduled for January.