PBA: We had to weather the storm -- Lassiter

Mark Escarlote on Jan 20, 2019 11:26 PM
PBA: We had to weather the storm -- Lassiter
Ginebra’s a good team. You can’t discredit them. I give credit to them but we had to weather the storm and put some key stops and some key buckets in to get the win -- Marcio Lassiter

No lead is safe when you’re against Barangay Ginebra.

The Gin Kings almost made San Miguel Beer pay Sunday at the Big Dome.

Good thing, Marcio Lassiter was ready to play the firefighter's role in the Beermen's 99-91 escape over Ginebra to barge in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup win column.

SMB squandered a 23-point lead late in the third quarter and watched as the Gin Kings cut their deficit to 89-94 with 1:29 left in the game after LA Tenorio’s trey in Ginebra’s 17-5 scoring spurt.

Then Lassiter came to the rescue for the Beermen.

The SMB guard nailed a corner three to stop the Gin Kings at their track with 1:15 left.

“I’m just lucky that on that play we just kept sharing the ball. So the ball found me on the corner and I was able to knock down,” said Lassiter. “That’s what we want, to keep sharing the ball and regardless of how, you know, we might miss some few shots but we kept sharing it good things happen.”

Lassiter finished with 16 points with 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

SMB went up 76-53 with 1:40 remaining in the third period off a three by Von Pessumal. The Beermen entered the payoff period with a comfortable 78-57 advantage.

Or so they thought.

“I felt like, we had a big lead originally, and we just need to keep our composure. Basketball is a game of runs so they made their run in the end. I give credit to them,” said Lassiter.

“Ginebra’s a good team. You can’t discredit them. I give credit to them but we had to weather the storm and put some key stops and some key buckets in to get the win,” he added.

The Beermen captured their first win in two games and pulled the Gin Kings down to 1-1.

 

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