Warriors’ Tyler Foust surpasses 1,000 career points
Sat. January 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | By Zackary Al-Khateeb
Tuscaloosa Chrstian’s Tyler Foust, left, poses with a ball commemorating his breaking the 1,000-point barrier. At right is TCS coach Danny Lancaster, who holds the school scoring record. (Photo by Submitted photo)
COTTONDALE | Tuscaloosa Christian School’s Tyler Foust, a senior point guard on the boys basketball team, has seen a lot of success during his time playing for the Warriors.
Foust has established himself as a prolific scorer this season, leading the Warriors with 20 points per game and 241 total points. His performance has placed him as the second-leading scorer in school history, at 1,249 points.
Despite his accomplishments, Foust is reminded of the player who holds the school record every time he walks by his retired jersey in the school’s gym. That player also happens to be his head coach, Danny Lancaster.
Lancaster, who is in his sixth year with the program, set the school record in 2002 as a senior, compiling 2,240 points over the course of his career. Still, the only thing Foust is interested in is playing to put his team in a position to win.
But Foust, who plans to attend Shelton State to pursue a career in athletic training, said he was certainly aware of the success his coach had while Lancaster played for Tuscaloosa Christian.
"I was in first grade when (Lancaster) graduated," Foust said. "Ever since then, everybody’s known that he’s pretty much the best basketball player to ever play here."
Much like his star senior, Lancaster said the only thing he cared about when he set the record was winning games. Now, 11 years later, Foust is taking the same stance about his own performance at Tuscaloosa Christian. He said he appreciates his and his coach’s records but would rather be known as one of his team’s clutch players.
That could be seen when Tuscaloosa Christian traveled to rival North River Christian on Jan. 11. Foust hit buzzer-beaters at the end of the first and second quarters, as well as one at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime, in which the Warriors eventually fell 99-94.
Foust said he enjoys being put in those kinds of situations much more than reveling in his own accomplishments. Still, Foust said he considered himself more of a team player than anything.
"When we need a big shot, I know that I’ll probably be the one to take it," Foust said. "But I don’t have to take it. If they’re focused on me, it won’t hurt my feelings if somebody else made that game-winning shot."
And while Foust and Lancaster don’t talk about their respective records, or whether Foust can break his coach’s, the two do make time for some friendly competition in other areas.
"He beats me in horse," Lancaster said. "I don’t like playing horse with him anymore. ... I’ve always dominated, and then he comes along and started beating me. So I don’t like playing with him anymore."
Of course, Lancaster didn’t just become aware of Foust’s talent by playing horse with him, or even when Foust started playing at the high school level. Lancaster first saw that talent when Foust was still in elementary school. Lancaster was playing basketball for Tennessee Temple University at the time.
"He was killing everybody," Lancaster said. "And I knew he was very athletic, and he loved basketball. I saw he had something in his when he was third, fourth, fifth grade ... .So I’ve been pumped about coaching him from then on."
With only six games left in the team’s regular season, Foust won’t break his coach’s record. But Foust’s most lasting impression at school won’t be his record, but how he represented his school.
"Every year, I’ve said it, if you’re a new kid, just do what Tyler’s doing," Lancaster said. "He’s a great example of what a TCS basketball player is all about."