Marcio Lassiter, San Miguel bank on experience to force Game 5

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Been there, done that.

On the brink of elimination, sharpshooter Marcio Lassiter made sure San Miguel won’t go silently in the night after spearheading a classic beatdown of Ginebra in Game 4.

Struggling to make an impact in the previous games, Lassiter suddenly exploded in the first half, sinking six triples that enabled San Miguel to wrest control the rest of the way to force a winner-take-all brawl on Tuesday.

“I kind of started feeling it so I just went and kept going until I missed. ‘Just played what the defense was giving me,” said Lassiter, who sizzled for team-high 25 points in 14 shots while adding five rebounds and four assists.

But more than his streaky shooting, the Fil-Am sniper believes their experience of surviving elimination games had an impact on their confidence–even going against a legion of Ginebra fans.

“We knew exactly what we had to do. We’ve been in this position before and it takes a lot of focus coming into this kind of knockout game we knew what kind of effort to bring out,” said Lassiter.

“We’ve been there before and hopefully our experience will help and that’s what happened today.” he added.

And come sudden death Game 5, Lassiter plans to use their championship mettle anew against the crowd darlings.

“We stayed alive today and Tuesday we’re going to come out with the same kind of passion, grit and aggressiveness. ‘Just use our experience coming in for Tuesday,” he said. – By Jason Mercene