by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Senior center Ian Theisen played extensively for the first time in almost two months to lift Osseo to an 81-62 Section 5 quarterfinal win over Wayzata Feb. 27.
Theisen, who missed 14 games with an ankle injury, was cleared by the doctor to play last Tuesday. He led Osseo with 17 points and 10 rebounds while playing about half the game. Teammates Jordan Dembley (15 points), Wheeler Baker (14) and Elliott Kane (14) all reached double figures.
“Ian is not fully recovered. He is about 70 percent healthy but 70 percent Ian Theisen is pretty good in most high school lineups,” Osseo coach Tim Theisen said. “We substituted him frequent so he could stay fresh. He played in four-minute stretches.”
Theisen’s return boosts the Orioles’ confidence as they try to regain the section championship they lost to Park Center last year. The second-seeded Orioles faced third-seeded Maple Grove Tuesday, March 4 in the semifinal. The winner faces either No. 1 Champlin Park or No. 4 Park Center in the final at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Rogers.
“It is a boost to our team and give us a shot of adrenaline to have our five-year starting center and all-time scorer back,” coach Theisen said. “He gives us a new perspective and takes a lot of pressure off our guards.”
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