SAN Miguel gunner Marcio Lassiter put on a show in the final play date of the PBA Philippine Cup for the year 2016.
And he has good enough reason.
“I didn’t get the chance to play on Christmas. It’s always an honor to play on Christmas Day,” he said following the Beermen’s 101-86 whipping of Meralco on Wednesday at the Astrodome. “This is the closest game we had for Christmas.”
The Fil-Am wingman showed the way for the defending champions with 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the floor. He added five rebounds and two assists.
He had 10 of his total output in the second quarter as he combined with Alex Cabagnot to help San Miguel pull away early on and notch its fifth win in six outings for the solo lead in the all-Filipino conference.
Lassiter wished the game was on Christmas.
“It’s definitely an honor. It’s cool to play there. I already had two of them,” he said, recalling his last Christmas Day game was with Petron in 2013 Philippine Cup when San Miguel lost to Ginebra, 97-83, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 29-year-old native of California got even more excited this year as the Dec. 25 match pitting Ginebra against rival Star was played at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, considered as the largest indoor stadium in the world.
“It’s always fun, it’s a different game,” he said of the experience. “It’s different because it’s not a usual day. The whole country is watching.”
As an avid fan of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the Cal State Fullerton alum naturally wears the same sneakers endorsed by the two-time reigning NBA MVP.
Lassiter said had the Beermen played on Christmas, he would have worn one of his colorful Curry shoes.
Against the Bolts, Lassiter put on his Curry 2 sneakers.
“I wanted to showcase my Christmas theme shoes,” he admitted. “I pick certain days if I like to be festive and give fans something to look at.”