JUSTIN Jackson provided the highlight plays for Magnolia with his high-flying dunks on Sunday against Barangay Ginebra.
In his third game with the Hotshots, Jackson had 21 points and 15 rebounds coupled with slams over Ginebra’s twin towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
But Jackson was not impressed as the Hotshots suffered a 104-84 beating at the hands of their corporate rivals.
“It was cool,” said Jackson. “It was a good match-up. I want to get the win. I won the match-up but I lost the game.”
With Jackson at the helm, the Hotshots Pambansang Manok have only won once in three games, and have lost five out of the last six games overall, following a hot start with Vernon Macklin as their reinforcement.
Still, Jackson saw positive signs the Hotshots can turn things around and improve on their 4-5 record.
For one, Jackson felt Magnolia fought until the end despite the blowout loss, the most lopsided game between the two rivals since the 2015 Philippine Cup when the Kings won, 89-66, according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon III.
“It’s a big game. It’s just that sometimes, that’s how the ball rolls. Sometimes, it doesn’t go into your favor. We kept fighting and that’s what we did. I liked our effort. We just fought. We didn’t give up. I can live with that,” said the Cincinnati product.
With two games left, Jackson is confident about the Hotshots’ chances of finishing the elimination round strong.
“It builds character, what we did. We didn’t give up. That shows a lot about our team. We just have to get back to the drawing board, get back to the gym, and do what we do best,” said Jackson.