ANTIPOLO – More than his three-point shooting on Friday, Marcio Lassiter is glad his teammates have been stepping up in the absence of injured players Terrence Romeo and Alex Cabagnot.
Lassiter said contributions by Von Pessumal and Paul Zamar in recent games have been crucial for the Beermen as they put up their second straight win after losing to Columbian last week in their first outing.
“It’s great to see,” said Lassiter. “Paul Z coming in there and getting going. He can provide some offense for us. I feel like Von stepped up the game before. We have a lot of guys who stepped up. Hopefully, more guys step up.”
But Lassiter was at the forefront of the Beermen’s cause in their 105-93 win over Meralco at the Ynares Center.
Lassiter already had 16 points in the first half and finished with 25 after hitting five of his nine three-point attempts in the Beermen’s victory to push their mark to 2-1.
The 31-year-old sniper already hit four three-pointers against the Meralco defense.
“Got going early thanks to my teammates who were looking for me,” said Lassiter. “I was reading the defense. They were going under (the screen) a lot so I had to make them pay when they go under. My first few threes were just them going under. I got going early and I continued it throughout the game,” Lassiter said.
Things got a little heated in the third quarter when Lassiter and Nico Salva got into a shouting match, something that fired the San Miguel cager up.
“That guy? He woke me up. Pretty much. I was playing my game. Playing team game. He woke up a sleeping dragon. He just barked the wrong tree. He kinda woke me up. Thanks Nico for firing me up a little bit. I didn’t need it,” said Lassiter.
Even with back-to-back victories tagged under their belt, Lassiter said the Beermen still have a lot of adjustments to do especially when Romeo and Cabagnot get healthy soon.
“We are learning. I think it’s a learning process. We kinda know what to expect. We are just trying to bring the same intensity each game. We just have to commit to playing defense. That’s what we have to do. I know we can play a lot better defensively,” said Lassiter.