DESPITE losing Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Marcio Lassiter still credited San Miguel for giving Star some scary moments down the stretch on Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots led by as many as 15 points, 94-79, in the fourth quarter and appeared ready to coast the rest of the way until the Beermen suddenly came back to life heading home.
Lassiter had a lot to do with that when he suddenly found his touch from the outside and started bombing from long range.
His fourth three-pointer of the game had the Beermen breathing down the Hotshots’ neck, 105-104, before Aldrech Ramos buried the three-pointer that finally doused cold water on San Miguel’s rally.
Still, the San Miguel top gunner sees some positive in the team’s 105-109 loss.
“I’m just glad our players fought hard to make it a close game,” he later said. “It was one possession game for us away from victory.”
Lassiter finished with 12 points – all in the fourth quarter – including 4-of-8 from downtown. He shot just 4-of-14 from the floor overall.
The Fil-Am wingman credited Star’s defense for his scoreless first half.
“I wasn’t getting the shots that I wanted. Actually, I got a lot of good looks going to the basket,” he said. “They’re making it tough for me to get my shots off.”
Lassiter, a confessed fan of Golden State, later made it known too, that the Warriors’ blowout loss to defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, didn’t actually affect his game.
“Never,” he snapped back. “The only thing that affects me is myself and I’ll never gonna let that happen.”
Lassiter said the Warriors got another game – make that three in all – to close out the title series against the Cavs and regain the NBA championship.
The same thing with San Miguel, which he said also has Game Two to bounce back in the hope of tying the best-of-five series.
“We’re looking forward to that, too,” stressed Lassiter.