IT'S deja vu all over again for Marcio Lassiter.
A little over two months after incurring a cut on his left eyebrow from a wayward elbow from Iranian forward Arsalan Kazemi, the sweet-shooting swingman found himself bloodied once again on Friday after Kazakh guard Rustam Yergali caught him with an elbow that left a cut on his nose bridge.
But just like in that fourth window, Lassiter powered through and contributed to Team Pilipinas' cause, finishing with 13 points on a 3-of-4 shooting from deep.
Sadly, the result remained the same: a loss as the Philippines absorbed a humiliating 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan despite another valiant effort.
"It's disappointing," admitted the San Miguel sniper, aware of the heavy implications the defeat did to the country's bid for qualification in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.
Lassiter, though, would like to look this defeat as a "test of character" for the squad as it tries to silence its naysayers despite carrying a 5-4 record in Group F.
"Our backs are against the wall right now, but we'll learn from our mistakes," he said.
"This is definitely a test to ourselves and we’ll work out what we’ll have to do. We made mistakes and we figured out what we did wrong. So we'll watch film tomorrow and move on from there. We can’t dwell on the past because we have another big game on Monday."
Team Pilipinas seeks to deliver a better result on Monday against Asian powerhouse Iran.