Despite struggling all game long, San Miguel Beer gunner Marcio Lassiter knew it will just be a matter of time before the ball finds the bottom of the net.
With his team down by 2, Lassiter rediscovered his shooting touch late in the game, knocking a cold-blooded three-point shot off a pass by import Arizona Reid with 0.5 second left to lift SMB to a 94-93 win over the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Honestly, every time I take a shot, I believe it’s gonna go in. That’s why I’ve been able to make so many shots (in the past),” said Lassiter after the game.
“(It’s a) sigh of relief that finally I got one, and it came at the right time,” added the Fil-American guard, who owns a 40.2 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
Before his game-winning three-point basket, Lassiter missed his first 6 attempts.
However, Lassiter, a member of the original Smart-Gilas national team several years ago, refused to be discouraged by his poor shooting night as he chose to stay aggressive throughout the game.
“I knew if he (Reid) was gonna fake it, I knew he’s gonna shoot it but he gave it to me and I know exactly I gotta be aggressive and look for a shot because time was running out,” shared the SMB guard who goes by the nickname “Super Marcio”.
Lassiter though refused to take credit for San Miguel’s 2nd straight win this conference, citing veterans Gary David and Yancy de Ocampo for keeping the game close with their timely baskets early in the fourth quarter that prevented NLEX from pulling away.
“(The) will of our team is never give up, guys stepped up like Gary and Yancy,” he said.
The Beermen, who played without injured forwards Arwind Santos and Gabby Espinas, return to action next Wednesday when they face the Mahindra Enforcer in a battle of unbeaten teams. – Jason Mercene