MARCIO Lassiter appears to be up to the challenge in the Three-Point shootout of this year’s PBA All-Star week.
Although considered one of the top gunners in the league today, the San Miguel standout hasn’t won the annual shootout since he started competing in the event in 2012.
Now he gets another shot at winning the elusive crown with the hope of finally bagging the prize trophy before the window of opportunity closes on him.
“Bring it, bring it,” said a smiling Lassiter as he talks about the prospect of being crowned Three-Point king this year. “I want to win it.”
“I want to win it, but at the same time, I want to have fun.”
As in past shootouts, the 31-year-old Lassiter knows this one won’t be easy.
Back to defend his title this year in the annual side event to be held in the second leg of the All-Star game in Batangas City is Allein Maliksi of Blackwater. Also around will be two-time champion Terrence Romeo, and former title holder James Yap of Rain or Shine.
And then there’s Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio, Matthew Wright of Phoenix, Paul Lee of Magnolia, JVee Casio of Alaska, Stanley Pringle of Globalport, Ronald Tubid of Columbian Dyip, NLEX’s Larry Fonacier, and last-minute entry KG Canaleta of Meralco.
For all his shooting prowess, Lassiter had only contented in the finals just once during his first try at the competition in 2012 which four-time champion Mark Macapagal won.
The Cal State Fullerton alum was favored to top the contest last year, but failed to advance to the final round after finishing ninth out of 12 entries in the event held in Lucena City.
“Yeah, I fell short,” he admitted. “But I’ll try to put on another good showing (this time).”
Lassiter said the shootout is definitely a whole lot different than just hoisting threes during games.
“It’s a different type of set up, you don’t really have a lot of rhythm going into it especially if you go last,” added the San Francisco, California native. “It’s really strategic.”
For him to be in contention, Lassiter said he needs to do one of two things.
“The key is to make the first few racks or get hot,” he stressed. “If I could do one of those two, then I should put myself in a good position in each round.”
Anything, whatever it takes to win, Lassiter added.
“Maybe I’ll push the racks further back, I don’t know,” he said. “But l’ll figure something out. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”