The 2015-16 college basketball season has been one that has been full of ups and downs for pretty well every team in the country, and the Portland Pilots know that all too well. It’s safe to say the season hasn’t gone as planned to date, but there is still time to make a run at a post-season berth.
Coming into the week, the Pilots were riding a four-game losing streak, and had lost 8 of their previous 9 contests. Their one win, however, was an impressive 84-81 victory over the BYU Cougars.
If the Pilots wanted to put an end to their losing streak, and get back on the right track in the race for the West Coast Conference title, they were going to have to do it away from home. Road games against the Loyola Marymount Lions and Pepperdine Waves were on tap for the Pilots, and they were looking for any shot of positive momentum.
Enter junior guard Alec Wintering.
When your back is against the wall, you turn to your star players to lead you through the tough times and towards the light at the end of the tunnel. After a big week from Wintering, the light is a little bit closer for the Pilots.
After stuffing the stat sheet this past week in the Pilots’ two games, Portland guard Alec Wintering is the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week for February 1-7!
Wintering is a 5’11”, 10-pound junior guard out of Charlotte, North Carolina. He has enjoyed his fair share of individual success over his career with the Pilots, averaging at least 7.7 points and 4.5 assists per game over his three seasons in a Portland jersey.
This season, he has increased his production, averaging 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He is a well-rounded player who can do many things for the Pilots on both ends of the floor.
Following four straight losses, the Pilots went on the road for two big games against the Lions and Waves. Portland was looking for some positive momentum as they looked to get back on the right track in conference play, and Wintering did all that he could to give them a shot of confidence.
Portland went into Malibu, CA on Thursday night, took a 10-point lead at the half, and held off the Pepperdine Waves to score a 73-70 victory over a top contender in the WCC. Then, two nights later, the Pilots went into Los Angeles and came away with a convincing win over the Lions, 92-78, completing a perfect 2-0 week in the process.
The wins moved Portland’s record to 11-15 overall, and 5-8 in conference play.
Wintering was an impact player in both games, stuffing the stat sheet on both nights. Over the week, he averaged 24 points, 7 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1 steal per contest.
To make things even sweeter, he shot a combined 17-of-29 (58.6%) from the floor, 7-of-12 (58.3%) from three point range, and 7-of-8 (87.5%) from the free throw line.
Wintering has always been a top-tier talent in the conference, but he doesn’t get the attention he deserves on a national scale. The conference has been dominated by the likes of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the Saint Mary’s Gaels, and the BYU Cougars, so talented players on other teams in the conference often get overshadowed.
Alec has all the tools to be a household name in the NCAA. He can shoot the ball well, and can hit the deep shot with confidence and consistency. He has great court vision and basketball I.Q., and isn’t afraid to battle for rebounds despite standing at just 5’11”.
The past week was just another strong performance in what has been a strong career at Portland for the junior guard.
After piling up the stats and leading Portland to two much-needed victories, junior guard Alec Wintering is this week’s winner of the CCR Mid-Major Player of the Week award!
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