John Wilson achieved history in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Tuesday evening as he notched the very first triple-double in the league’s brief history.
The Jose Rizal University alum filled the stat sheet with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in Clarin's 98-65 rout of the hapless Iligan. Not only did Wilson make history in the league, he also notched a personal milestone as the triple-double was the very first in his long and storied career.
"Napakasaya kasi first time ko rin in my career ito. First time ko mag triple-double sa basketball career ko," shared the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup Season MVP.
The feat was completed with just 24 seconds left in the match on a three-pointer by Carlo Lastimosa. For a moment there, it seemed that the triple-double would elude Wilson as his teammates King Fuentes, Jonathan Berdan, and Kristopher Lucernas couldn’t buy a basket in spite of Wilson’s crisp passes. Fortunately, Lastimosa came through in the waning seconds.
"Thank you kay Carlo Lastimosa kasi talagang binalik siya, ayun binigay sa akin 'yung bola, binigyan ko siya ng screen tapos ayun pasok!," said Wilson, who was still not over his achievement. "I'm so thankful talaga kasi nga first ever ko ito as a basketball player."
For the 6-foot-2 all-around wing, getting this triple-double was no accident, but rather, a testament to all the hard work he put in during the offseason.
"Nagbubunga 'yung mga workout ko, 'yung mga extra work ko at the age of 34."
Even though he would not be getting triple-doubles on a regular basis, Wilson vowed that he and his teammates would always play the right way.
"We will play the right way. Continue namin yung game plan namin na team defense. Yun ang game plan namin kasi marami ng shooter eh, hindi na kailangan makipag-kompitensya, kailangan na lang dumepensa." (JNP)