MARCIO Lassiter admitted the pressure remains with San Miguel Beer despite taking Alaska to the limit in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals that comes to an end on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Beermen definitely felt the burden after they fell into a deep 3-0 hole to move on the brink of getting swept and dethroned.
But SMB has since piled pressure on the Aces, who squandered a third chance to close out the best-of-seven series after surrendering a 100-89 decision to SMB in Game Six last Friday.
But Lassiter insisted nothing has changed for his squad, which is in a quest for a Grand Slam.
“We knew since Game Four the pressure was on us,” the SMB sniper said. “There’s no way for us to win unless we win four straight games.”
“But we didn’t look at it as we needed to win four straight,” he was quick to add. “We needed to look at it as we need to win one game and one possession at a time, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Lassiter has been one of the main reasons for SMB's revival, starring for the defending champions in Game Six where he scattered 26 points built around four three-pointers and making all his eight charities, on top of nine boards in 31 minutes.
And the Gilas Pilipinas shooter hopes his team keeps riding the streak.
“We’ll try to bring the momentum to Game Seven.”
“It can go either way,” he added. “But we need to come out aggressive as we’ve been doing, stick to the game plan, and let our true championship poise show.”