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December 20, 2013Robbinsdale Armstrong Basketball
Falcons vs. Osseo Orioles
Dec. 20, 2013
Tonight’s Opponent: Osseo is led by senior division I college players, Ian Theisen (South Dakota State), Wheeler Baker (Albany) and Jordan Dembley (undecided). They are a long, physical team that pounds the ball inside and plays tough defense.
Tonight’s Coach: Coach Theisen is entering his 12th year as the head Coach of the Osseo Orioles. He currently has a career record of 261-70. His Teams have won the 2012 State Championship, 7 NWSC titles, 4 Region 5AAAA Championships, and his teams have been to the State Championship game two other times (2003 & 2009). He has been honored as Region 5AAAA Coach of the year in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Tonight’s Game: Osseo, #6 AAAA (MN Basketball News Ranking) will try to use their height and strength to overpower the Falcons. Armstrong, #7 AAAA (MN Basketball News Ranking) will try to use its speed to run and create scoring opportunities. It should be a fun game.
History with Osseo: Armstrong and Osseo have been playing against each other for decades, but have been re-united (they used to be in the Lake North together) in the same conference only 3 years ago. Osseo is 6-0 during that time. Prior to that, the Falcons beat Osseo in the section semi-final game in 2004 and the section finals in 2007 on their road to state tournament appearances.
Falcon Update: Win loss records for our teams: 9B 3-2, 9A is 4-1, 10 4-1, JV 3-2, Varsity 5-1. Combined record 19-7. The varsity had a big win over #9 ranked Roseville in the Minnesota Breakdown tournament on Saturday 83-71. The Falcons went 5-0 at Centennial on Tuesday, as all 5 levels of play were victorious.
Alumni Tournament: We will hold our 5th annual alumni tournament on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 1:00-5:00 in the Armstrong gyms. Check out Facebook at Armstrong Basketball Alumni Club for information. We currently have 8 teams entered in the tournament.
Season Outlook: We are off to a good start, but realize it is early in the season and we must improve to compete with the best teams in our conference and section. Tonight will be a good test to see where we are at in comparison to the elite teams like Osseo.
Next Games: We play in the Edina tournament next week (Thursday, Dec. 27, 6:00 PM vs. St. Thomas Academy, and Friday, Dec. 28 TBD). We also play at Coon Rapids on Friday, Jan. 3rd.
Practice Over Winter Break: We practice on the following days from noon-2:00 PM (Dec. 26, 30, 31, and Jan. 2). We have 5 days away from basketball (Dec. 21-25), though varsity has strength training tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM.
Falcon Basketball Website: Check out our website at: www.ihigh.com/armstronghoops