PAGADIAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR — John Wilson made history in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, Tuesday evening.
Wilson tallied the league’s first-ever triple-double in the league’s short history with a statline of 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in Clarin’s 98-65 crushing of winless Iligan.
But what made it so much sweeter for the 34-year-old scorer was it is also his first time ever in his long-storied career to hit the milestone.
“Napakasaya kasi first time ko rin in my career ito.
“First-time ko mag triple-double sa basketball career ko,” said the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup Season MVP.
The record was achieved with just 24 seconds left in the match on a three-pointer by Carlo Lastimosa. But it almost never came to fruition.
The Jose Rizal University product went on a passing spree in the last minute of the match. Unfortunately, though, teammates King Fuentes, Jonathan Berdan, and Kristopher Lucernas missed their shots.
“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.
This is a testament to his work ethic.
“Nagbubunga ‘yung mga workout ko, ‘yung mga extra work ko at the age of 34.”
His triple-double boosted the Sto. Niño to 4-0 atop the team standings.
Even though he would not be getting triple-doubles on a regular basis, Wilson promises one thing.
“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.”