DESPITE firing blanks from long range, Marcio Lassiter had the absolute confidence that he was going to be on target when he took the last-second attempt that propelled San Miguel Beer to a pulsating 94-93 win over NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday.
The SMB marksman missed his first six three-point attempts, before making the only one that spelled the difference as the Beermen registered their second straight win.
“Honestly, every time I take a shot, I believe it’s going to go in,” Lassiter beamed after the game. “I think that’s why I’ve been able to make some shots in the past.”
“The last shot is not going to help me for the next shot, so I always try to focus on the next play or possession,” he added. “I knew I missed all my threes, but I just told myself to keep shooting. I’m getting good looks. It’s not like I’m taking bad shots.”
The Gilas Pilipinas pool member credited the Road Warriors’ defense for shackling him for most of the game.
“I think it was good defense, but at the same time, we weren’t playing the brand (of basketball) we wanted to play,” he said.
That’s why when he made the one that mattered most, Lassiter heaved a sigh of relief.
“I was like, ‘Finally, I got one,’ and it came at the right time,” the Filipino-American cager said. “I knew that if I get my hands on it, I’ll still shoot it.”
Before burying the game-winner for just his eighth point of the game, Lassiter made his presence felt in other areas as he collared nine boards to go with two assists and a steal.
Then he saved his best for last.
“Even though he was having a bad night, maybe because of the defense of our opponent, but on his last shot, andun pa rin yung kamay ng shooter eh,” SMB coach Leo Austria said.