MANILA, Philippines – It did not take long before Marcio Lassiter broke out of his shooting struggles.
Lassiter put himself in elite company after knocking down 9 three-pointers to propel San Miguel to its first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 127-106 drubbing of Blackwater on Friday, June 14.
Averaging just 9.0 points and an unusual 25% from long distance in the first two games, the gunner finished with 29 points on a stellar 56.3% clip from rainbow country.
"Once I get one or two going, I believe I could string off a few more. It's just the shooter's mentality, just keep shooting. That's all, just stay aggressive," he said.
It looked like Lassiter would see his slump continue as he was limited to just 8 points throughout the first 3 quarters.
But he shot the lights out with 7 treys in the payoff period to join Allan Caidic, Renren Ritualo, Kenneth Duremdes, Rob Williams as the only players in PBA history with at least 9 three-pointers in multiple games.
"I've been having some tough games as of late, but I really just try to be in the moment and just play the game, make the right plays because at the end of the day it's about winning," Lassiter said.
"That's what I really wanna do, just win. I want to just to continue to play well and just shoot good because it's going to obviously help our bigs, get them a lot of opportunities to score in the paint."
"If I can do my part and make threes, I'll help them out."
San Miguel looks to make it two wins in a row against Barangay Ginebra (2-3) at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, June 16. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.