HOW do you get the pressure off keeping your long winning streak going? Convince yourself that you’re team’s not in one.
That was Marcio Lassiter mindset heading into the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against TNT Katropa, insisting that he was hardly aware that San Miguel Beer was riding the momentum of a 10-game win streak.
The 111-98 victory in Game One on Wednesday night stretched the streak to 11 games, matching the longest winning streak in franchise history, a feat they previously recorded in the 2013 Governors’ Cup, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
“I didn't even know we won eleven straight, honestly,” Lassiter insisted. “I didn't even know that. I feel like once you come in a new series, the streak pretty much doesn't exist. We all got to think about is having a clean slate because TNT and us we both came in at zero-zero.”
“That is what's more important, coming out tonight and get our first win, making sure we get good momentum going in the series and tonight we did that,” he added.
Lassiter ignited the onslaught by firing 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first period and finished by knocking down four of the team’s 16 three-pointers, while completing an all-around effort with eight boards, five assists, two steals, and one block in 38 minutes.
“I wanted to get aggressive and get going early,” the SMB sniper said. “It wasn't part of the plan, but I just wanted to be aggressive and I got going early in the first quarter. That helped me throughout the game.”
“Hopefully I can keep it up, just being aggressive,” he added. “We'll see how Talk 'N Text plays defense in the next game.”