MARCIO Lassiter is still in mourning following the death of his grandmother two weeks ago.
But the 6-foot-2 former Smart Gilas gunner treated Tuesday’s quarterfinal series-opener against Barako Bull in usual business-like fashion, knocking down all three of his three-pointers in the final period to lead Petron to a 101-88 win at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The victory gave the Boosters a quick 1-0 head start in its PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup best of-three series against duel with the Energy.
“I just tried to play my game and help the team all I can,” said the 26-year-old sharpshooter from Cal State Fullerton. “Sometimes, you just got to read what the defense gives and I made my shots today, my jetlag shots whatever you might call it.”
Silent offensively in the first three quarters, Lassiter came alive in the final period, scoring 13 of his 17 points in an electrifying display of shooting prowess that allowed Petron to turn the table on Barako Bull after trailing by as many as 12 points.
“I don’t want to leave anything behind. I want to play as soon as possible and help my teammates out because I wasn’t there the last time out. And it’s playoff time, so I want to be there and help the team win,” he added.
Lassiter’s grandmother Ada Eshbarr passed away on January 5, just one day before she turns 93.
The Fil-Am guard left for San Francisco, California hours after the team’s 93-112 loss to San Mig last week to be at the wake of his grandmother.
“I felt like she (grandmother) was right there (in the game) with me the whole time. And for me to do something like that (help the team win), it obviously means a lot and I even felt better,” said the soft-spoken Lassiter.
The Fil-Am shooting guard said his grandmother traces her roots to the province of Ilocos, where he practically grew up under her guidance from the time he turned eight years old till 18.
“She and my lolo are from Ilocos. She’s been in the US for a while,” he recalled.
“She had a big family, 11 brothers and sisters and eight kids so we had a big family and also I had seven cousins. But I know it meant a lot just to be there (in the wake).”