Tyler Vandenheuvel

Posted at: 12/19/2012 6:33 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "Tyler does such a good job of getting his feet set, and his shot is routine, every single time, it's the same exact shot," said Albert Lea boys basketball coach Lucas Kreuscher. "When his feet are set, there's a pretty good chance it's going to go in."

Tyler Vandenheuvel's routine shot went in over and over against Austin last week. Enough to rack up 33 points and 8 three-pointers.

"We got stops on defense which moved into the whole offensive thing," said Vandenheuvel. "They were getting me open, and they were hitting me with passes, I was just putting them in."

"I think ever since he was able to walk, he's been able to shoot. He's got a very smooth release," said the fourth-year head coach. "He's put in the time and he's seeing the rewards."

With a player like Tyler, things are starting to happen for the Tigers. Taking Austin into double overtime made a statement that Albert Lea shouldn't be overlooked.

"We've had some tough past years and this year we came in, I know everybody has the desire to win," said Tyler. "We really want to win games and I don't think that's been there the past years. We go into every game with the confidence that we can win every game."

Vandenheuvel is only a junior, but he has the mindset of a senior leader. He also finds his role to be more than just hitting 3s.

"I have to pump my team up once we get on the court," the guard said. "It's so much harder when we come out dead, we have to come out ready to go and I feel like I just bring that energy."