by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The Osseo boys’ basketball Orioles enter this basketball season knowing they have a very talented team. The question before the was can all the talented players fit together to play as a strong unit.
Three games into the season, the answer is a resounding yes.
After their 88-56 win over Blaine and 80-41 victory over Andover last week, Osseo improves to 3-0 and have won all three games by lop-sided scores. In those three wins, the Orioles have scored 249 points while allowing 134 points.
Senior guard Wheeler Baker is the top scorer as he exploded for 32 points against Blaine and 23 against Andover. But the Orioles showed their depth as 12 players scored against Anoka, nine scored against Blaine and 10 scored against Andover. Senior center Ian Theisen had 20 points against Blaine and senior guard Jordan Dembley scored 15 against Andover.
Theisen feels this squad has all the ingredients to have a very successful season.
“I like our team a lot. We are big, strong, tough and skilled,” Theisen said. ‘We have me, Wheeler and Matt coming back and we also have a lot of football guys and they are tough. So I think that combination of toughness and skill is going to help us this year.”
So far, the Orioles have looked very impressive but they will face tougher competition in the upcoming week. They visit Champlin Park Friday, Dec. 13, host defending 3A state champion De LaSalle Saturday, Dec. 14 and then visit Maple Grove Tuesday, Dec. 17, for the popular girls’-boys’ doubleheader.
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