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Trevis Jackson admits being inspired by Bolick, Perez big debut games

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Miles Morales

After an impressive pro debut, Meralco’s 5th pick in the PBA Draft Trevis Jackson admitted being challenged by the explosive performances of his fellow top rookies.

The California-raised guard asserted himself in the Bolts’ 99-94 triumph over Blackwater Saturday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Jackson tallied 19 points to go with a couple of assists and a rebound, punctuated by an efficient 5/8 shooting from beyond the arc.

The shifty 22-year-old guard was the latest rookie to make an immediate splash in the newly-opened season.

Aside from top picks CJ Perez and Robert Bolick, who both scattered 26 points in their respective debut, Abu Tratter, this year’s seventh overall pick by Blackwater, also tallied 18 points in his first game.

“Those are awesome guys. I watched their games and I was excited. I feel like if that excitement transferred over to me, I just told myself, ‘you gotta do it, you gotta give people something,’” Jackson admitted.

The young cager also stressed that his mom, who flew from the US to catch his debut, added to his inspiration to come up for an outstanding showing.

“My mom’s only here for this weekend. I had to send her home with something to see. I couldn’t let her come to a game and not perform,” Jackson said.

“Doing well for her is like, it makes me happy, it makes my heart happy,” he added.