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Herrera a slam dunk as All-South Central

Alex Herrera was a slam dunk for the All-South Central Region first team, just as the Fort Lewis College center was for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament teams. Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file photo

Alex Herrera was a slam dunk for the All-South Central Region first team, just as the Fort Lewis College center was for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament teams.

The accolades keep on coming for Alex Herrera.

The Fort Lewis College men’s basketball center was selected to the Daktronics All-South Central Region first team Thursday, one week after he was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He’s only the second Skyhawk in school history to earn a first-team all-region selection. DeAndre Lansdowne, the school’s all-time leader with 1,861 points scored, was named to the All-Central Region first team in 2009-10 before the RMAC realigned regionally.

“I think it’s a nice honor for Alex,” FLC head coach Bob Hofman said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “I’m sure he’d be the first to credit his teammates for achieving this award. We look at all our individual awards as collective awards. He and his teammates have worked very hard for this.”

The 6-10, 235-pound Ignacio High School alumnus also earned All-RMAC first team and All-RMAC Shoutout honors this season.

Herrera leads the conference in blocked shots (79) and field goal shooting percentage (60.4 percent).

He ranks third in field goals (157), total rebounds (251), rebounds per game (9.0) and defensive rebounds (173); fourth in offensive rebounds (78); seventh in points (429) and free throws (115); and 10th in points per game (15.3).

Among the NCAA Division II top-25 teams, he’s fifth in blocked shots per game with 2.82.

The Most Valuable Player of the All-South Central Region first team went to Kevin Kotzur of St. Mary’s (Texas). Jonathan Morse (Metro State), Craig Foster (Cameron) and Corbin Thomas (Midwestern State) were the other first-team selections alongside Herrera.

All players and schools are represented at this weekend’s South Central Region tournament in Denver, the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 19 FLC (21-7) earned the No. 3 seed in the South Central Region and will face No. 6 Adams State (20-8) at noon Saturday at the Auraria Events Center on the Metro State campus.

No. 4 Metro State is the top seed and tourney host.

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