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    Trash talk from Barako's Keith Jensen spurs Darnell Jackson into action

    Apr 11, 2014

    Keith Jensen picked a bad time to talk trash to somebody.

    Instead of bothering his target, the Barako Bull substitute forward’s antics backfired as it challenged Meralco import Darnell Jackson, who turned on the heat in the final period to lead the Bolts to a 105-98 victory over the Energy on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The former NBA journeyman scored on a breakaway dunk, before adding two crucial jumpers in the end to help the Bolts eke out another amazing come-from behind win.

    “When he (Jensen) started talking to me on the (Barako Bull) bench, it got me going. And I enjoyed it (talking trash). I love when guys are talking trash, it’s part of the game, it’s fun, and nobody was trying to fight, you got to love it,” Jackson told after the game.

    When the 6-foot-8 Jackson, a member of the University of Kansas squad that won the 2008 US NCAA men’s basketball title, nailed a tough 20-foot jumper from the left quarter court with 1:22 left to play, he turned around and stared for several seconds at the Energy’s bench.

    “I just let him know because he was telling me, ‘I want to see something from Kansas, show me what you’ve been doing in Kansas,'” recalled Jackson, who went on to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Sacramento Kings during his four-year NBA stint.

    “But I haven’t been to Kansas for so long after we won the championship in 2008. It’s 2014 now, so I said, 'I got you. Gonna show you some moves, couple of jump shots, so when I made the jump shots, that’s for you,'” added Jackson.

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    In all, the 28-year-old Meralco import, who came in to replace Brian Butch, fired 17 of his 30 points in the second half.

    Except for two dunks in the game, most of Jackson’s shots came from 15 feet and beyond, as he was determined to flaunt some other facets of his game.

    “I won’t get any calls so when I’m attacking the basket, guys messing me up and fouling me just because I’m big. But I have to play through that,” he said. “It’s (rugged game) part of the game. And I have to go to plan B.”

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