FLC’s Herrera makes it an even four RMAC awards

Center named conference’s top defensive performer for the week

Not many people have squeezed Fort Lewis center Alex Herrera off the glass this year, and his rebounding helped him earn Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday. Enlarge photo

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Not many people have squeezed Fort Lewis center Alex Herrera off the glass this year, and his rebounding helped him earn Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday.

This is becoming somewhat of a regular occurrence for Alex Herrera.

The Fort Lewis College men’s basketball standout picked up his fourth weekly award of the season from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference on Monday when he was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

It’s his second time as the conference’s top defensive performer this season. Herrera swept offensive and defensive honors Jan. 28, and he earned another offensive award Feb. 11.

In the 17th-ranked Skyhawks’ win over previously unbeaten and No. 1 Metro State on Friday, Herrera pulled in five defensive rebounds, blocked five shots and held Roadrunners center Jonathan Morse to just six points.

The next night, the Ignacio High School alumnus chipped in two blocks, six defensive rebounds and two steals in a loss to Regis. In that contest, Herrera scored a career-high 26 points, as well, on 11 of 16 shooting.

“Alex has progressed all year long,” Fort Lewis head coach Bob Hofman said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “His stamina is getting better and better. He’s becoming such a great overall presence on the court, regardless of the stats.”

In less than two seasons in an FLC uniform – he’s a redshirt sophomore – Herrera already ranks fifth in school history in blocked shots with 96, and his 70 this season leaves him just 13 short of the single-season record of 83 set by Brice Searles in the 1984-85 season.

After last weekend, Herrera leads the RMAC with 3.0 blocks per game and a field-goal percentage of 62.6 percent. He’s also third with 9.1 rebounds per game and ninth with 15.7 points per game.

FLC (18-5, 15-5 RMAC) will visit Western State on Friday and Colorado Mesa on Saturday.

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