AFTER a long 'disappearance,' the real Marcio Lassiter finally showed up to save San Miguel on Sunday night.
After going 14-for-52 in the first five games of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, the San Miguel sniper exploded for 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting to help the Beermen beat Magnolia, 98-86, in Game Six.
“It was falling tonight,” said the eight-year veteran, who also got 20 points in Game 5 but went 6-of-7 from the floor. “I was kinda mixing it up tonight, going inside cutting. Coach was telling me to attack more and just play out.”
Lassiter buried his first attempt from three, which gave the Beermen a 12-6 lead, and grew in confidence with each shot.
“I was fortunate to give my first three going and I was getting more and more comfortable. Guys were actually sharing the ball which is what we always do,” said Lassiter.
Lassiter rediscovering his shooting touch was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Beermen, who came a loss away from surrendering the all-Filipino championship they had dominated the past four seasons.
Now it all goes down to a Game 7 on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Confident as he is now, Lassiter said the Beermen's game plan should still revolve around five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.
He'll be more than happy to play the role of floor spacer.
“I just want to be there when they double and give more opportunities for him to work on the post and just space the floor,” Lassiter said.