WHEN you have arguably the deadliest sniper in the PBA as your shooting buddy after practice, you’re bound to improve on your touch as well.
Countless shooting drills with Marcio Lassiter paid off for Chris Ross went when the SMB guard went on a shooting spree that sparked the Beermen's 97-86 win over TNT Katropa in Game Four of their Philippine Cup semifinal series.
Lassiter was hardly surprised that Ross knocked down five triples on the way to a career-high 31 points, saying he has seen his fellow Filipino-American teammate shoot like that after practice.
“It was cool to see my shooting mate get hot like that. Honestly, I’ve seen it all the time,” Lassiter said. “I can see him at one spot make ten shots in a row. It didn't surprise me at all that he went hot like that.
“It’s good that he can add that to his game and it gives us another dimension,” he added of the defense-first Ross. “It just keeps their defense guessing and makes us harder to defend.”
Lassiter also found the mark from long range with two treys, but focused more on his role as a facilitator as he dished out 10 assists.
“I knew I was making plays, but I didn't know I ended up with ten,” the SMB sniper said. “I know I’m capable of doing it. For me, honestly I can make plays and I know how to play against their D at times. But the guys have to make the shots.”
“All those assists mean my teammates are stepping up and making big shots," he added. “It was great that all of us stepped up and hopefully I can keep that up along with my rebounding.”
But don’t expect him to be gun shy when the Beermen seek to regain the lead in Game Five on Thursday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“I’m still gonna be shooting,” Lassiter said. “All those passes are definitely great, but I feel like most of the time, the ball will still be in Alex’s (Cabagnot’s) hands or in Chris Ross’ hands to make the great decisions.
“I’m just here to play my role and just be ready for Thursday,” he added.