PBA: Jackson fires 19 as Meralco powers past Blackwater

Paul Lintag on Jan 19, 2019 08:13 PM
PBA: Jackson fires 19 as Meralco powers past Blackwater
Rookie Trevis Jackson led six Meralco players in double figures as the no. 5 pick dropped 19 points in 26 minutes of play.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Meralco powers up to take its first win of the new PBA season.

The Bolts used a strong team effort Saturday to beat Blackwater, 99-94, picking up win no. 1 of the 2019 Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center here.

Rookie Trevis Jackson led six Meralco players in double figures as the no. 5 pick dropped 19 points in 26 minutes of play.

After Jackson, Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer were good for 15 and 13 points respectively while Nico Salva added 14 points, 12 in the fourth, as Meralco managed to hold off the charging Elite.

The Bolts recovered from an early 12-point deficit and led by as many as 13 in the second half, 60-47.

However, Blackwater was able to cut the lead down to two late before Amer and Jackson sealed the win from the foul line.

“I’m very happy we were able to bounce back in this game after suffering a very painful loss a couple of days ago to Phoenix,” head coach Norman Black said aas his team moves to 1-1 for the year.

“There were a lot of guys that I felt really stepped up and really helped us tonight, led by Trevis Jackson who made a lot of good outside shots for us, helping us to open up their defense. Nico Salva came up with big shots in the fourth quarter that gave us an opportunity to separate there in the end game,” he added.

Meanwhile, Blackwater dropped to 0-2 and got 17 points from Allein Maliksi on offense.

Roi Sumang added 16 and Raymar Jose posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

 

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.

Quarters: 16-25, 48-42, 73-64, 99-94.

 

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