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.
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.