‘Big Al’ hits Australian hoops

With 32 points and 18 rebounds – and four swats, to boot – one couldn’t have painted a prettier picture on Sunday, May 18 for former Ignacio High standout post Alex Herrera.

Not even current South West Metro teammate Jackson Pollock.

But what – or where, and/or who – the heck is South West Metro?

Try a team in the Queensland, Australia, Basketball League, where NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College’s now-senior center has already started fine-tuning his destructive handiwork – producing the aforementioned numbers in the Pirates’ rout of the Gold Coast Rollers 109-55 – for the Skyhawks’ upcoming 2014-15 winter.

SWM improved to 2-1 entering their Round 4 fixture [Saturday, 5/24] versus the Northside Wizards – the QBL’s fourth-place squad against its #11 – at the Hibiscus Sports Complex in Brisbane, QLD, suburb Upper Mt. Gravatt.

Herrera’s impact, through two games played, has been immediate: 24.5 points per at 54.5% accuracy from the floor, 16 rebounds and three rejections.  23-year-old Brisbane-born guard Ryan Vines (20.3 ppg, 46.7 FG%, 5.3 rpg, 8.3 assists per game) has to date been a strong outside complement to Herrera’s inside onslaught, with 22-year-old three-point ace Michael Carlson (27.0 ppg, 55.6 FG%, 8.0 rpg, 5.5 apg) also proving potent.

Originally hailing from Grafton, New South Wales, 41-year-old Shaun Guy has also been effective with 8.3 boards and four points per outing in Herrera’s first experience with sponsor logos adorning his overseas-style uniform.

Additionally, FLC sophomore guard Rasmus Bach has earned a SWM roster spot, and has notched norms of 7.5 ppg (43.8 FG%), 4.5 rpg and 2.0 apg in his two contests played.


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