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    Red-hot Marcio Lassiter insists he's not out to shoot way into Gilas lineup: 'I just wanna win'

    Jul 9, 2015

    HIS torrid shooting in the PBA Governors Cup semifinals series isn’t his way of saying he deserves a slot in Gilas Pilipinas.

    All Marcio Lassiter wants is to win.

    The San Miguel Beer top gunner played down notions he’s pushing for a slot in the national team roster of coach Tab Baldwin the way he shot the lights out in the Beermen’s 4-1 romp over Rain or Shine in their best-of-five series  to arrange a title rematch against Alaska in the season-ending conference.

    “Whatever goes on, that’s what it is. I’m just here to help my team (win),” said Lassiter, a member of the original Gilas Pilipinas team under coach Rajko Toroman.

    Baldwin is currently in the process of assembling the latest batch of Gilas squad that will have the daunting task of trying to clinch the lone Asian berth to the 2016 Rio de Jainero Olympics when it competes in the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship set in China this September.

    And Lassiter’s offensive explosion in the semifinals couldn’t have come at a better time.

    The forward out of Cal State Fullerton averaged 20.5 points in the four game win over the Elasto Painters and shot an impressive 20-of-31 from three point range for a high 64.5 percent clip.

    In a display of shooting prowess, Lassiter torched Rain or Shine for 10 three pointers (10-of-13 from beyond the arc) in an epic 113-110 San Miguel loss in Game Two which had the Beermen squandering a 20-point second-half lead.

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    The 28-year-old Fil-Am finished with 31 points and went 10-of-17 from the field in what coach Yeng Guiao described as an ‘incredible shooting’ night by the San Miguel stalwart.

    The 10 three-pointers were the most in a PBA playoffs since former MVP Kenneth Duremdes hit the same number of treys for Sta. Lucia in 2003, according to league chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

    More than the thought of Gilas, winning a second championship for San Miguel at this point is what matters for Lassiter.

    “I’m just focused when I’m on the court. I wanna win (a championship). That (Gilas thing) doesn’t play in,” he said.

    Alaska, a team which thrives on its patented pressure defense, will definitely pose a big problem for Lassiter come the best-of-seven title series that begins on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Lassiter insisted though, he doesn’t care if he shoots well or not, score points or not. As he always repeatedly emphasized, “I just wanna win.”

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