Unstoppa-Bull Willy Wilson beats Fajardo, Slaughter for PBA Player of the Week honor
Willy Wilson wins his first PBA Player of the Week award. Dante Peralta

BARAKO Bull veteran forward Willy Wilson stood out among giants to help carry the Energy to a pulsating 105-98 overtime win over powerhouse Talk ‘N Text last Thursday.

While the Tropang Texters’ taller and younger frontcourt composed of Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario towered over his 6-2 frame, the former La Salle banger more than held his own on the way to a career-best game of 28 points and 20 rebounds.

The fourth overall pick of Alaska in the 2004 PBA Draft was a picture of intensity against Talk ‘N Text, using his vast experience to outwit his younger defenders, and helping Barako Bull improve to an even 4-4 win-loss card and secure a playoff spot in the process.

“I’m not a big stats guy. If I get the stats, great, as long as it contributes to a win,” said the 12-year veteran, who is averaging career-high numbers of 16.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. “If I get the stats but we don’t win, it’s all for nothing. Nobody’s gonna read about, 'Oh, Willy Wilson got this and that' if the team lost.”

A PBA journeyman who played for Alaska, San Migue,l and Barangay Ginebra before winding up with Barako Bull, Wilson was the choice for the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the week (for the period of Dec. 1-6), beating young PBA stars led by San Miguel Beer June Mar Fajardo and Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, along with Star playmaker Mark Barroca.

Fajardo was coming off a season-high 35 points in San Miguel’s easy 102-86 demolition of Mahindra, while Slaughter banged in 35 points and hauled down 15 rebounds in Ginebra’s 102-94 overtime win against Blackwater.

Barako Bull shoots for its fifth win in the season-opening Philippine Cup this Friday when it faces Blackwater in the first game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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