Jackson, Salva power Bolts over Elite, 99-94

January 19, 2019

MOVE over Robert Bolick of NorthPort and C. J.Perez of Columbian.

Another rookie – Trevis Jackson – made  his  presence felt in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Like  Bolick and Perez, Jackson did  well enough to introduce himself in his  second game as pro, scoring 19  points  to lead  Meralco to a   hard-earned  99-94 win  over Blackwater at   the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Although  he  went scoreless in his first game  with the Bolts, Jackson finally had a game to remember as he  nailed two crucial three-point shots in the fourth quarter to help  the  Bolts  stave off the Elite’s comeback.

“It’s a  blessing,” said Jackson after the Bolts’ first win in two matches.

“I want to say thank you to my  teammates, especially to Nico (Salva) for making big shots,” added  Jackson, who earned  his  basket as a pro  -- a    four-point play --  late in the first quarter.

Salva poured 12 of his 14 points in the  fourth  period  for the Bolts, who dropped a hearbreaking 92-93 decision to Phoenix last Wednesday.

Jackson  and Salva  were later named as PBAPC “Best Players of the Game” for their strong performance.

“I just  try to make the most out of  the  opportunity. I’m grateful  to  coach  Norman Black and the rest of our coaching staff for picking me up  and even giving me an extension. I just want to repay their  trust,” said Salva,  who had 22 points in their first  game against Phoenix.

Alein Maliksi finished with 17 points  and Roi Sumang added 16  points in a losing effort for the Elitre, who dropped to 0-2.

Meanwhile. action   returns  to the Smart-Araneta  Coliseum with defending champion Barangay Ginebra  and NorthPort  looking for a fiting follow-up to their opening-game success against separate opponents.

Eight  days after  beating Talk N Text on opening day at the Philippine Arena,  Ginebra guns for a second win against sister team San Miguel Beer  in the featured game at  6:45  p.m.

The Gin Kings opened their campaign in the kickoff conference showcasing local talent with a smashing 90-79  win over  the Texters.

The Beermen on the other  hand, suffered a shock 118-124 setback  to  Columbian Dyip  and Perez last Friday.

NorthPort  also seeks its second straight win  when it meets NLEX in the curtainraiser at 4:30 p.m.

The Batang Pier rode on the big game of Bolick to roll back  Blackwater, 117-91.

The Road Warriors took an 87-96 loss to Rain or Shine last Firday.             

The scores:

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.