PETRON Blaze shooter Marcio Lassiter was discharged from the Medical City past midnight after X-ray results revealed no fracture or broken bone after a scary fall during the Boosters' loss to San Mig Coffee on Thursday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
San Miguel Corporation's sports director Noli Eala relayed the good news on his Twitter account @NoliEala, saying the sweet-shooting sophomore guard "is a lot better and walking already" and that tests showed Lassiter suffered no more than a bone bruise and muscle spasm on his back.
According to the team's medical staff, the final results of the tests showed Lassiter suffered a slight fracture in the lumbar area which may take three to four weeks of rest and medication to heal, after which he is expected to undergo therapy.
But the Fil-Am shooting guard is well enough to walk around during this time, the medical team added.
Lassiter was going great offensively in the quarterfinal match-up with San Mig until the mid-point of the fourth period when he jumped high to deflect an inbounds pass by Peter June Simon to James Yap, lost his balance, and went down hard back first just behind the Mixers' goal.
He laid flat on his stomach for several minutes as he complained on pain in his back. The former Smart-Gilas mainstay was later stretchered out and rushed to Medical City for X-rays.
Petron forward Arwind Santos said after the game that he felt sorry for Lasster, who was playing his heart out in their sudden-death game against San Mig.
"Nakakapanghinayang siyempre, kasi ang laking bagay ni Marcio," said Santos, whose team bowed out of the quarterfinals following the Boosters' 87-92 loss to the Mixers.
Lassiter left the game with 16 points, spiked with four triples, to go with eight rebounds and three assists.