Tuesday, May 22, 2018

One of the hottest teams in the league kept their winning streak going in Round 7 and for the second week in a row, Melbourne Tigers’ Tom Wilson has earned the Player of the Week award after leading them to wins over the CoE and Frankston.

Lighting it up at the offensive end, Wilson was unstoppable as he averaged 35 points over the two games, shooting 67% from the field including 14-21 (67%) from the three-point line.

On Saturday night, the Tigers hosted the CoE with Wilson, a past scholarship holder himself, going up against his old side.

The guard had a quiet start to the contest, scoring just four points to quarter-time as Melbourne fell behind by three but a 31-13 second term turned the game on its head as Wilson out-scored the opposition by himself with 14 points.

He knocked down four three-pointers for the quarter and scored the last nine for Melbourne heading into the break while he was also on his way to a triple-double with five rebounds and five assists.

The half-time break came at a good time for the CoE but it did not cool Wilson off as he went on to score ten of the Tigers’ first 12 points to start the third period, finishing with 15 for the term on a perfect 6-6 shooting.

Capping off an incredible game, Wilson added another seven points in the final quarter as the Tigers secured a 97-81 victory, scoring 40 points himself for the equal-highest individual tally this season while also finishing with nine rebounds and five assists.

The following day, Melbourne headed to Frankston and while the Blues would have scouted Wilson after his big night, they were unable to slow him down as he began their contest with ten points in the first quarter.

Alongside another incredible shooting from Dexter Kernich-Drew, the Tigers opened up a 16-point advantage by the first break and that margin stayed around that mark for the rest of the game as the visitors ran out 105-87 victors.

With 18 points, six rebounds and five assists at half-time, Wilson was again flirting with a triple-double but his work had been done as he added only 12 points and three boards in the second half.

A tally of 11 turnovers for the round was the only blemish for Wilson over Round 7. However, he now sits third in the league for points per game (26.3), tenth for assists (4.4), fourth for defensive rebounds (7.9) and third for total free-throws made (46) and has led the Tigers into sixth position on the ladder.

Tom Wilson Round 7 Stats: Averaging 35 points on 26-39 (67%) shooting including 14-21 (67%) three-point shooting, nine rebounds and five assists across two games.

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