PBA: Perez and Bolick inspire Jackson’s breakout game

Paul Lintag on Jan 19, 2019 08:12 PM
PBA: Perez and Bolick inspire Jackson’s breakout game
Jackson didn’t get much run in his opening game earlier in the week, going scoreless in five minutes as the Bolts lost in overtime to Phoenix. However, against Blackwater, Trevis opened things up for his team and fired a game-high 19 points on 56 percent shooting.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — The top PBA rookies are showing off early in the new season.

The 2019 Philippine Cup has been marked by strong performances from the league’s top rookies so far with no. 3 pick Robert Bolick starting things off with 26 points, leading Northport to a win over Blackwater.

No. 1 pick CJ Perez followed shortly, also firing 26 points as his Columbian Dyip pulled off an early upset of th year candidate by taking down reigning four-time champion San Miguel Beer.

Saturday at the Ynares Center here, it was Trevis Jackson’s turn to shine as the no. 5 pick led all scorers in Meralco’s win over the Elite.

Jackson didn’t get much run in his opening game earlier in the week, going scoreless in five minutes as the Bolts lost in overtime to Phoenix. However, against Blackwater, Trevis opened things up for his team and fired a game-high 19 points on 56 percent shooting.

Trevis admitted that his batchmate’s showing over the past couple of days inspired him.

“First of all, shoutout to CJ, shoutout to Bolick. Those are awesome guys,” Jackson said.

“I watched their games and I got excited. I felt as if that excitement transferred over to me and I just told myself, ‘alright you gotta do it, you gotta something, give the people something,’” he added.

Another source of inspiration for Jackson was his mother, who visited from the States and arrived just yesterday.

She’ll be in the country until next Tuesday and so the Blackwater game was the only time she’ll watch her son play live for now.

“My mom is only here for this weekend,” Trevis said.

“I had to send her home with something. I couldn’t let her come for a game and not perform,” he added.

 

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