by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Senior center Ian Theisen became Osseo boys’ basketball all-time top scorer when he scored 18 points in a 94-35 home win over Coon Rapids Thursday, Jan. 9.
Theisen, a five-year starter, needed 17 points to tie the record of 1,492 held by 2002 graduate Bryan Foss. He had missed the last four games with a high ankle sprain but he was determined to give it a go.
“I really wanted to make sure I got it done at home,” Theisen said. “Osseo is a very special place for me and I wanted to do it there.”
Theisen’s ankle felt good during warm-ups so the quest for the record was on. His teammates fully realized how close he was and kept feeding him the ball.
“I got the ball a lot in the first few minutes of the game and it felt good,” Theisen said.
Theisen inched closer and closer to the record and he finally scored points 1,492 and 1,493 with two free throws at 14:56 of the second half to set the scoring record. The game was halted and Theisen was honored.
Theisen said it was an emotional and reflective moment for him when he realized he has become Osseo’s all-time leading scorer.
“I took a deep breath and there were a lot of emotions,” Theisen said. “I reflected on when I first started as an eighth grader and the first points I scored and now I am the all-time scoring leader. It was a cool moment.”
Theisen said he set sight on breaking the scoring record when he made the varsity in eighth grade because he felt he had an earlier start than most players. And he has the tools to do it. At 6’9”, he can score inside and he also possesses an excellent outside shooting touch. Plus, he is extremely durable. He did not miss a game in 4 and a half seasons until this past four games. His superb skills, consistency and durability propelled Theisen to the top of Osseo’s all-time scoring board.
“It means a lot to break a record that’s been there for 12 years,” Theisen said. “Osseo has such a great program and tradition and it feels great that my name is up there now with the greatest players in the program. It’s a great list of players and I am really proud I am on top of that list. I have been with the program for five years so this kind of completes my legacy a bit.”
One could say Theisen added to his already heroic status in Osseo’s basketball lore because he hit a buzzer-beating jump shot in the 2012 state championship game to lift the Orioles to a state title. Plus, he is also Osseo’s all-time leading rebounder. In fact, he grabbed his 1,000 career rebound in the same game he became the program’s top scorer.
“I want people to remember me as an Osseo competitor,” Theisen said. “I hope to make the record harder to break for the next guy and I hope to add another state championship trophy for Osseo.”
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