MARCIO Lassiter, scoring-wise, has regained his touch in Game Two of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.
Held to single digits in points in all of the four semifinal games against Alaska, Lassiter finally got going, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field in San Miguel’s 134-109 win over Alaska in Game One.
The last time Lassiter scored in double digits was in Game Three of the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals when he had 13 points against TNT in the series-clincher.
The 31-year-old Lassiter played down his individual play, saying it was all about team effort for the Beermen. His as well as his teammates’ play was also buoyed by the fact that San Miguel didn’t want to fall into a 0-2 hole in the series.
“We want to come out better, and more focused,” said Lassiter. “We didn’t come out as focused in Game One. We came out really focused today, we don’t want to be in a hole. Down 2-0 is not a good hole to be in. We knew this game meant a lot to us and we want to even the series. There was a lot of intensity.”
Lassiter was one of four locals who scored 20 or more points for the Beermen in Game Two. According to PBA statistics head Fidel Mangonon, the last time such feat occurred was in Game Four of the 1997 All-Filipino Cup finals when Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Dindo Pumaren, and Bong Ravena did it against Gordon’s Gin, now Barangay Ginebra.
Lassiter paid tribute to Alex Cabagnot for helping make it happen as he had 33 points and nine assists in the match.
“He just came in, he pretty much was the leader for us,” said Lassiter. “He held it down in scoring, making plays, got us going early. So credit to Alex. He does it all the time for us. He is that type of player for us. He’s a great player. I’m happy with the team. We were just aggressive getting to the basket.”
Lassiter actually struggled in Game One when he only had six points on 2-of-13 from the field in the 127-99 loss to Ginebra in the series opener. Lassiter said the Game One loss was an embarrassing one for the team.
“It’s always embarrassing to come out especially in the first game, you want to put a better effort. I just feel like our effort wasn’t there. We knew that was behind us but at the same time, we want to make sure we make some adjustments to be ready for Game Two,” said Lassiter.
After tying the series, Lassiter hopes the Beermen can carry the same intensity for Game Three scheduled on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“It will be a 0-0 ballgame so we won and we didn’t want to be in hole. It lit a fire in us and we want to keep on making sure to bring a lot of intensity in Game Three,” said Lassiter.