Meralco unleashed guard Trevis Jackson and the Fil-Am rookie responded in style to help the Bolts break into the win column of the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday night.
Jackson finished with a game-high 19 points including 5-of-8 from three-point range as the Bolts turned back the Blackwater Elite, 99-94, at the Ynares Center and to even their record at 1-1.
The no. 5 overall pick in the last draft, Jackson set the tone for his team hitting seven points in the opening period and had the same number of output in the final quarter when he teamed-up with Nico Salva in putting away the gritty stand of the Elite.
“Trevis Jackson made a lot of outside shots for us and helped up open their (Elite) defense,” said Meralco coach Norman Black shortly after the Petron Saturday Special game.
Jackson only played for five minutes and held scoreless in his first PBA game, a 93-92 loss by the Bolts in overtime against Phoenix.
Meralco 99 – Jackson 18, Tolomia 15, Salva 14, Amer 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 10, Caram 7, De Ocampo 6, Newsome 3, Faundo 0, Dillinger 0, Quinto 0.
Blackwater 94 – Maliksi 17, Sumang 16, Jose 15, Belo 12, DiGregorio 11, Tratter 8, Javier 8, Dario 3, Desiderio 2, Palma 2, Alolino 0.
Quarterscores: 16-25, 48-42, 73-64, 99-94.