DAVAO City – Marcio Lassiter has one major personal incentive to win the Three-Point Shootout of this year’s PBA All-Star festivities.
His wife Jerlyn is set to give birth in the first or second week of June, and he’s definitely dedicating his performance – and hopefully, the victory – to their second baby.
Still, the streak-shooting Petron guard knows the competition is going to be tough especially with some of the league’s top gunners seeing action in the shootout led by three-time champion Mark Macapagal.
Also in the lineup are KG Canaleta of Air21, JV Casio of Alaska, Meralco’s Ronjay Buenafe, Willie Miller of Globalport, JC Intal of Barako Bull, Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu, and late entry Joshua Urbiztondo, who’s taking the place of the injured Mark Caguioa.
“It’s gonna be tough because of JV and even KG, who hit nine threes this conference (Commissioner’s Cup),” Lassiter pointed out.
Besides, while the Petron guard may be coming off a strong stint in the mid-season tournament, Lassiter admitted not having touched a basketball since the Boosters were swept by the Talk `N Text Tropang Texters in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.
“The last time you saw me play was the last time I held a basketball,” said the product of Cal State Fullerton and former Smart Gilas stalwart.
But Lassiter is entering Friday’s shootout at the Davao del Sur Coliseum holding a 47.8 percent shooting accuracy from beyond the arc in the mid-season tournament.
The one-time national team member believes once he gets his rhythm back, he could get on a shooting streak, something he has done a lot of times this conference after averaging 13.6 points a game for the Boosters.