He may be smaller compared to the other guys playing the same position, but Willie Wilson more than made up with his lack in size with grit and heart as he played an outstanding role in Phoenix’s king-sized 87-82 win over Barangay Ginebra recently to earm PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors for the period of January 22-28 in the ongoing Philippine Cup.
Although the Kings played without injured Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance, Wilson still had to contend with Ginebra’s remaining big men in Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Aguilar and even Jervy Cruz. But the 37-year-old former La Salle Green Archer showed he’s up to the challenge, dishing off a “perfect” game after hitting 7-of-7 from the field to register 19 points off the bench.
The stocky Wilson was on beast mode during the middle quarters, spilling 14 points that saw Phoenix turn a tight contest into a 49-29 lead, providing enough cushion to weather off Ginebra’s late-game rally.
Wilson, picked in the second round by Alaska in the 2004 PBA Draft, also displayed an all-around effort after hauling down five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of the bench as Phoenix improved to 3-3 overall.
A former Ginebra forward, the 14-year PBA veteran bagged the weekly citation after beating teammate Jeff Chan, Rain or Shine guard Maverick Ahanmisi, Alaska’s Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel, Magnolia guard Mark Barroca, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Raymond Aguilar, as well as GlobalPort big man Kelly Nabong and Jonathan Grey.
Phoenix shoots for its fourth win and firm up its playoff drive when it faces Alaska on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.