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Rookie Trevis Jackson draws inspiration from Salva, Pinto’s run in Game 2


Coach Norman Black dug deep his Meralco bench in the third quarter of Game 3 of their PBA Governor’s Cup Finals series against Ginebra.

The veteran tactician pulled out Trevis Jackson and the young Fil-American guard obliged.

Meralco was down by 20, 78-58, against when Jackson sparked the Bolts late assault to open the payoff period, scoring 5 straight points as the lead slowly dwindled.

“I just wanted to go hard for these guys,” said the rookie, who had his first taste of PBA Finals action in Game Three.

Jackson said he drew inspiration from the performance of his seniors Nards Pinto and Nico Salva, who were both instrumental in the Bolts Game 2 win.

“When I saw Nards (Pinto) and Nico (Salva) come in Game Two and they’re knocking shots down, that motivates me to get in the gym and stay ready, too. So when coach Norman called my name, I just took it as go time,” he said,

The fifth pick overall of the 2018 PBA Draft scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in his 13 minutes on the floor. His presence gave the Bolts the spark they needed to cut the deficit down to five, 87-82, with 2:04 remaining.

However, Ginebra was able to weather Meralco’s rally to regain control of the best-of-seven series, 2-1.