Marcio Lassiter makes Ginebra pay for defense that was 'a step slow' in closing him out
Marcio Lassiter says he only responded to what the Ginebra defense gave him. Jaime Campos

MARCIO Lassiter pounced on a Barangay Ginebra defense that he felt was late in closing him out, resulting in a torrid shooting performance for San Miguel Beer in its 101-72 win in Game Four of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Sunday night.

The SMB sniper buried seven of his 10 three-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points for the Beermen, who sent the best-of-five series to a deciding game.

“I just played what the defense was giving me,” Lassiter said. “Tonight, it was that: the defense was kind of a step slow so I was able to beat them early.”

“When I got one I wanted to see if I could get another one, just be aggressive,” he added. “And after one went in I kind of started feeling it so I just went and kept going until I missed.”

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Lassiter caught fire in the second quarter where he knocked down four of his triples and scored 14 points to spark the SMB breakaway.

“I’ve been practicing, I just keep believing in my shot,” the Filipino-American gunner said. “Tonight, my teammates were looking for me and I was fortunate enough to get one going. I guess I got a rhythm going and it kept flowing. I got a good rhythm today and I’m glad my shots went in.”

And Lassiter definitely needed to make his shots for the Beermen to keep their title-retention bid alive.

“We knew exactly what we had to do,” he said. “We’ve been in this position before and it takes a lot of focus coming into this kind of knockout game we knew what kind of effort to bring out.”

“On Tuesday, we’re going to come out with the same kind of passion, grit and aggressiveness,” he added. 

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