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Phoenix's Wilson grabs the spotlight, earns PBA Player of the Week citation

MANILA, Philippines – Undersized forward Willie Wilson played an outstanding role in Phoenix’s king-sized 87-82 win over Barangay Ginebra recently to capture the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week 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 like Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Aguilar and even Jervy Cruz.

Willie Wilson of Phoenix drives against Ginebra's Raymond Aguilar. | PBA Images
But the 37-year-old Wilson 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, the second round, 15th overall pick of 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.

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