Marcio Lassiter hopes to help Gary David finally win first career title in SMB reunion
“When I was with him at Powerade, he was a true competitor and I always looked up to him,” says Marcio Lassiter of SMB new boy Gary David. Jaime Campos

MARCIO Lassiter is hoping to help Gary David finally win his first career PBA championship now that they’re teammates once again, this time at San Miguel Beer.

The former teammates had a Cinderella run in the Philippine Cup in the only season they played together at Powerade in 2012, when they reached the finals despite being the eighth and last seed.

The Tigers stunned twice-to-beat top seed B-Meg in the quarterfinals before claiming Rain or Shine's scalp in the semifinals. They lost to Talk ‘N Text in the title series, 4-1.

“We had a great run at Powerade and it was unfortunate that we weren’t able to win a championship there and he hasn’t won one yet,” said Lassiter, who was still a rookie then.

Lassiter, now a three-time champion, hopes David, who made his debut in SMB's 121-109 win over Phoenix on Sunday, can finally get one in the twilight of his career.

“That’s the plan (help him win one),” Lassiter said. “It’s always a good experience to have one and I hope he can experience it here.”

“Hopefully we can build some good chemistry together and just keep our team going,” added Lassiter, who fired 14 points, including eight in the final frame, against the Fuel Masters.

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Lassiter believes the 37-year-old David has a lot left in his tank.

“When I was with him at Powerade, he was a true competitor and I always looked up to him,” the SMB sniper said of David, who had his best season when they were together, averaging a career-high 25.8 points in the 2011-12 season. “And for me, (I’m glad) to see him still playing at a high level.”

Now, David is playing behind Lassiter but the latter was quick to play down the reversal of roles.

“We’re all here to win,” Lassiter said. “It ain’t about fighting for spots. It’s far from that.”

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