AFTER struggling for the first two games with his shot, Marcio Lassiter finally got himself going in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.
It didn’t take long for the Beermen’s prized marksman to break his cold spell from the three point area, after converting a three pointer, 21 seconds into the game to open the scoring in San Miguel’s 109-97 win over TNT on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
While Lassiter knows that it was vital for him to finally hit one, he mentioned that he wasn’t really thinking about it, granted that all great shooters go through that phase.
“When it went in? I didn’t think about it,” said Lassiter when asked if he felt relieved seeing a three-pointer go in early.
“All great shooters go through it. Ray Allen went through the same thing, [Steph] Curry went through the same thing, Klay Thompson, too, so all I can do is just to keep shooting.”
For the game, Lassiter finished with 17 points – besting his combined output in the first two games of 16.
He also hit two three pointers after previously missing all 11 shots, but most importantly, he turned out to be San Miguel’s secondary playmaker by dishing out seven assists for the game.
For Lassiter, that was a result of TNT’s defensive scheme on him, with the KaTropa opting to close out hard and make him put the ball on the floor.
He just made the most out of it.
“TNT loves to pressure me from the perimeter. I was just looking for ways for me to attack. They want me out of the offense, so it gives opportunities for other players,” he continued.
“I’m just finding ways to attack, be more aggressive tonight and it helped me for tonight’s game.”
Now that they’re just two wins away from claiming their first Commissioner’s Cup title since 2000, Lassiter hopes that they won’t let up as they look to push the the Ka-Tropa to the ropes come Wednesday.
“This is a pivotal game. It puts us closer to our final goal but that doesn’t stop there. We still have to come out with the same intensity or even more on Game Four. We want to put more pressure on TNT. Tonight, I think we got an all-around effort from everyone tonight. “