MARCIO Lassiter wasn’t hard on himself after missing two pressure-packed free throws that almost cost San Miguel the win against Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Philippine Cup showdown Sunday night.
The Fil-Am gunner knew he was struggling on his shooting that it didn’t come as a surprise to him when his two foul shots both came up short in the final 11 seconds and the Beermen protecting a slim 72-70 lead before a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Good thing LA Tenorio missed a floater in the Kings’ final play that allowed the reigning champions to escape with their seventh win in eight outings and retain solo lead.
“I can’t blame that about myself. I just got to do better (the next time),” said Lassiter with a smile.
The native of San Francisco, California finished with seven points and shot 2 of 15 from the field. He was 3 of 6 from the free throw line.
“My shots were not going the whole of second half. I didn’t make one shot the whole of second half, so when it rains, it pours. I wasn’t just making any shots,” he said.
Lassiter said he didn’t lose time thinking about the missed foul throws. For the entire game, he was active defensively, and thought he could make up for the blunder by helping the Beermen come up with a huge defensive stop against the Kings in the game’s final sequence.
“I just have to cancel that. I can’t worry about it too much,” he stressed. “That’s the best thing about basketball, so I was just thinking about the next play (about) coming up with a stop. Coach said we have to make a stop and seal the deal.”
That’s exactly what the defending champions did.
Arwind Santos intimidated a driving Tenorio inside the lane, before getting the rebound that shut the door on Ginebra’s endgame comeback.
“That’s something I’m also versatile at, helping on different areas, and tonight I step it on defensively by rebounding,” said Lassiter. “Today I just tried to be aggressive by rebounding when I knew my shots weren’t falling.”