Marcio Lassiter just told himself to keep on shooting the way elite shooters do.
After misfiring in the first two games of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the 30-year-old sniper finally halted his struggles and found the bottom of the net.
Shooting 0-of-11 from downtown in Games 1 and 2, Lassiter finally drilled his first trey in the championship series, sinking the opening bucket of the game from the left corner, before making his second one in the second quarter.
“When it went in? I didn’t think about it. All great shooters go through it. Ray Allen went through the same thing, Steph Curry went through the same thing, Klay Thompson too. So all I can do is just to keep shooting,” he said.
Though the Fil-Am swingman finished on a 2-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, Lassiter’s 16 points and seven assists were to boost his confidence as he found ways to be effective despite the KaTropa’s defense locked in on him in the Beermen’s 109-97 Game 3 victory.
“TNT loves to pressure me from the perimeter. I was just looking for ways for me to attack. They want me out of the offense, so it gives opportunities for other players. I’m just finding ways to attack, be more aggressive tonight and it helped me for tonight’s game,” he said.
Lassiter said San Miguel shouldn’t take its foot off the gas pedal as it shoots for a 3-1 lead on Wednesday.
“This is a pivotal game. It puts us closer to our final goal, but that doesn’t stop there,” he said. “We still have to come out with the same intensity or even more on Game 4. We want to put more pressure on TNT. Tonight, I think we got an all-around effort from everyone tonight.”