Lassiter admits extended rest will help SMB starters heading to semis

If he could have his way, San Miguel sharp-shooter Marcio Lassiter hopes the Star-Rain or Shine quarterfinal series can extend to a Game 3 since this could give the Beermen the much-needed breathing room as they prepare for the semifinals.

Part of that reason is that SMB’s starters logged in heavy minutes during the conference, and seeing Star and Rain or Shine slug it out in a rubber match could give the Beermen extra time to recover.

“I want it to go (for) Game 3,” said Lassiter, whose team was hardly challenged by Phoenix following its 115-96 victory on Tuesday to become the first ball club to book a Final Four seat.  “I just want them to be a little tired and a little more break for us,”

Lassiter logged in 38 minutes in the 19-point win, finishing with 26 points, while lacing his performance with 5 triples.

“I guess the positive thing is there are a few days, and hopefully more than a few days to recover,” shared the 30-year-old SMB sniper. “We just got to manage. If we’re out there, we just got to continue to play hard, and hopefully we can keep playing with a high intensity.”

As of posting time, the PBA has yet to release an official schedule for the semifinals, but should Star complete a 2-game sweep on Wednesday, the Hotshots-Beermen semis clash will more likely push through on Friday.

Nonetheless, Lassiter is aware of the danger that lies ahead, whether they face Star or Rain or Shine, the defending champion this conference.

“Both teams, it won’t be easy for us,” he said. “We’re hoping to build on it for the next round and that’s going to be even tougher.”

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