DESPITE delivering the winning basket for San Miguel in Game Two on Sunday night, Marcio Lassiter stressed big man June Mar Fajardo remains the go-to guy of the reigning PBA Philippine Cup champion.
That's the way it will be in Game Three and for the rest of the best-of-seven semifinals series, which the Beermen now lead, 2-0, following their 104-102 victory over Barangay Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Lassiter said he was just in the right place at the right time when he followed up a missed basket by a driving Fajardo in the final three seconds of overtime that completed San Miguel’s huge comeback.
“I just knew I just had to finish the play,” said the Fil-Am gunner, who poured in 16 of his total 25 points in the fourth period and overtime.
“Every game is really hard, honestly. We came out working extremely hard,” he added. “Give credit to Ginebra. They played extremely well in the first half, a lot of guys stepped up for them. And it took us a while before we got what they’re doing.”
Lassiter said San Miguel’s defense finally held up in the second half anchored on the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, who came through with gigantic numbers of 33 points (11-of-18), 19 rebounds, and two block shots.
Fajardo had 18 of his points in the second half alone when the Beermen finally found their rhythm.
Lassiter doesn’t see the team abandoning its strength especially with Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter still uncertain for Game Three set on Tuesday owing to a severe ankle sprain.
“We got a great match-up with June Mar in the post and we want to continue attacking that and just play off that,” he said. “Our defense picked up a lot in the second half and we kind of dictated the tempo a little and from there, we were able to make our shots. Our pressure led to some turnovers, and those turnovers led to some easy offense for us.
“As for me, I’ll just try to keep on being aggressive. I’ll just continue to play team ball, just want to keep on playing San Miguel ball.”