SAN Miguel is on a rare skid and this is but the perfect time for the Beermen to stick together and show their championship pedigree.
The feeling of anxiety may be there for the team especially as they chartered through what Marcio Lassiter describes as ‘unfamiliar territory,’ after losing three straight in a row in the PBA Governors Cup.
But the veteran gunner has complete thrust with the Beermen, who had managed to climb back from situations more than worse that what they are facing right now.
“This is something that we have to stay even stronger as a unit, we have to really come together, and solve something with our team,” said Lassiter after San Miguel tumbled to a 2-4 record following its 127-119 loss to Alaska over the weekend.
“We know we’re capable of doing it.”
If the playoffs were held today, the Beermen would still make the quarterfinals as the eighth-seeded team, but face the tough task of beating top seed Barangay Ginebra twice in a row to advance to the semis.
The Beermen still have a good chance of raising their stocks as they have five more games left in the eliminations, starting against Phoenix on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
All upcoming games are make make-or-break for the team’s shot at the playoffs, according to Lassiter.
“Remember, you’re now taking about seeding to get into the playoffs,” said the 31-year-old native of San Francisco, California.
“We know what we have to do.”
By that, it means not allowing San Miguel opponents to score by the 100s as had been the case in all of their last three losses.
All of the Beermen’s games this conference actually, had seen all six teams they faced score more than 100 points.
“I think if we can get that number down and limit it,” Lassiter pointed out.
“Honestly, our losses were winnable games. They we’re just really high-scoring. It’s fun for the fans, but I don’t we’re not going to D’ Antoni every team where the goal is to score more than the opponent,” said the San Miguel forward, referring to Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, whose famous philosophy is to outgun and outrun the opposition.
“We got to put a bench mark on certain part and say, ‘hey, we’ve got to give up less than 25 points in a quarter,” he added. “We have to figure out somehow our defense.”