MARCIO Lassiter continued to prove he’s more than just a shooter as he left a huge imprint on the defensive end in San Miguel Beer’s 124-113 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.
Coming in averaging over one steal a game this conference, the SMB sniper picked the pocket of the Elite an impressive eight times, mostly in the second half where the Beermend turned the game around and broke loose.
“I was just playing the passing lanes,” Lassiter said. “I was just kind of being active, just reading what the defense was giving, just trying to get some stops, helping by example, and I was glad I had some steals.”
“I’ve always known I can play defense; it is one of my calling cards, and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” he added. “It’s just that sometimes my offense does show up and it’s one of the first things they know about me, but it’s always good to do both.”
Lassiter’s eight steals matched the third most by a local in league history, just behind Ryan Reyes’ 10 and Olsen Racela’s nine steals, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
The Filipino-American shooting guard delivered on offense as usual as he registered 21 points, including two triples, completing his all-around effort with six boards, and four assists in 38 minutes as a starter.
Lassiter’s two-way play certainly suits the style of play at Gilas Pilipinas.
“Definitely, the three-and-D, the multi-dimension, it helps a lot,” the 6-foot-2 wingman said as the Gilas 1.0 standout declared his availability for the national team again.
“If they ever call again, I’m always available,” Lassiter, who just turned 30 last May 16. “Hopefully the age factor’s … Other than that, I’m always honored to represent the country. We’ll see.”