IGNACIO - Start to finish, this was a big numbers game.
The Ignacio High School boys basketball team, No. 3 in the state, stormed past Norwood 111-45 on Tuesday night in a
makeup of a game snowed out earlier this season.
Just three minutes into the San Juan Basin League contest, the Bobcats' numerics forecast what was ahead - a 12-0
Alex Herrera, in those three minutes, had five rebounds, four points, two blocks and one assist.
The 6-8 senior, bound for Fort Lewis College next year, finished the game with a quadruple-double of 18 points, 18
rebounds, 12 blocks and 10 assists as the Bobcats improved to
15-2 overall, 12-0 in conference.
Herrera wasn't alone in the big numbers department.
Teammate Pedro Vigil scored 22 points. Shane Brooks added 17 points.
Trae Seibel and Shane Richmond scored eight apiece. Tony Hutchinson, Terence Whyte and Oakley Hayes added six points
each as virtually everyone in any kind of Ignacio uniform scored.
We have a really unselfish team. We don't care who gets the points," said Hayes, a senior and veteran of last season's
team that finished fourth in the Class 2A state tournament.
Hayes, who had eight steals and at least as many deflections, said the Bobcats came out with a renewed focus on
defense. The offense followed accordingly.
Our goal the last couple weeks has been defense," Hayes said.
Coach (Chris Valdez) has been (stressing) defense," Hayes said after the Bobcats held the visiting Mavericks scoreless
for the entire first period.
Ignacio led 25-0 at the break.
Coach says our defense helps our offense and he's right. We can get better shots. We can get the ball in to Alex
in good position to score," Hayes said.
This kid is a game-changer," the Ignacio head coach said of Herrera after Tuesday night's historic performance -
likely one of the only quadruple-double games in IHS basketball history.
Ten assists. That's Alex. He's a very unselfish player," Valdez said. That (quadruple-double) shows what he can do.
He's got to be considered one of the dominant players."
Valdez said Herrera's composure and maturity has elevated his level of play this year.
He's got the entire package," Valdez said.
Herrera had three dunks Tuesday night, including a crowd-crazing alley-oop off a precision assist from Seibel early in
the third quarter.
He left to a huge ovation early in the fourth quarter.
Norwood, an often explosive offensive team, bounced back from the first-quarter shutout to score 26 in the second
But a stepped-up Ignacio defense held the Mavericks to 19 total points in the second half.
Nick Rushing led Norwood with 18 points. Zach Andrews added 13 as Norwood fell to 5-7 in conference, 6-10 overall.
Ignacio, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A by The Denver Post, will play at Norwood on Friday.
The Bobcats will close out the regular season at home against Nucla on Saturday before they play the SJBL Tournament in
Dove Creek the last weekend of February.