It wasn’t long ago when Marcio Lassiter hit a playoff record-tying 10 3-pointers against Rain or Shine in Game 2 of the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup last season.
Lassiter showed again on Friday night why Gilas coach Tab Baldwin wanted him in the national pool.
Lassiter knocked down 8 of 14 from beyond the arc as he combined with their explosive import Tyler Wilkerson for 15 of the San Miguel Beermen’s season-high 19 three-pointers that carried them to their first win of the conference.
Picked 4th overall in the Gilas 1-headlined 2011 Draft Class, Lassiter has carved out a reputation as a deadly shooter. The former Cal State Fullerton swingman is a 39.4% career three-point shooter connecting on 420-of-1,065 triples in the PBA.
“It’s part of my game. I want to knock down 3’s,” Lassiter said.
His performance against GlobalPort only enhanced that reputation.
Lassiter, who starred in the original all-amateur Gilas team, waxed hot early on sinking his first 4 attempts from deep.
“Everytime I got the ball, I have the confidence to make it and my teammates trusted me,” Lassiter told FOX Sports.
“That’s the thing (shooting) I do for this team. I’m just trying to help space the floor for June Mar (Fajardo) and now, Tyler,” he added.
Lassiter’s hot shooting rubbed on to Wilkerson who shot 7-of-11 that highlighted his 52-point explosion.
An extra motivation is a chance to share the court with some of the best players in the world led by San Antonio Spurs’ playmaker Tony Parker of France in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers this coming July in Manila.
“If I’ll have the opportunity then I will try to hurt them (opponents) with those 3’s but right now my focus is on helping my team win and I’m glad we got it tonight,” said the 28-year old gunner. – By AA