SMB coach hopes 'missing link' Marcio Lassiter gets back in shape as Fajardo looks for help
Marcio Lassiter, on the mend from a hamstring injury, also had to attend to his wife, who had complications giving birth to their baby, forcing him to miss 10 days of practice. Jerome Ascano

SAN Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is requesting help for June Mar Fajardo, who carried the Beermen on his back in their 103-97 loss to Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night.

Apart from Fajardo, who posted a career-high 43 points along with 20 rebounds, only two other Beermen in Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos finished in double digits against the Aces.

“He needs some help from the players,” Austria said, particularly mentioning Marcio Lassiter, who is still recovering from minor injuries.

“We really miss Marcio,” Austria said. “I think 'yun ang missing link. Nagkukulang kami sa rotation and he never contributed on offense and defense.”

“But I’m sure in the near future na talagang makakabalik na yan,” he was quick to add.

[See Fajardo says monster 40-20 game meant little to him after loss to Alaska]

Lassiter, on the mend from a hamstring injury, also had to attend to his wife, who had complications giving birth to their baby, forcing him to miss 10 days of practice.

As a result, the star sniper looked rusty in his second game back, going scoreless after missing his five shots in 14 minutes.

“I thought baka breakout game niya, but it never happened,” Austria said.

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