Misfiring Lassiter vows to keep shooting

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2017 05:03 PM

San Miguel's Marcio Lassiter drives against Ginebra's Jervy Cruz. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel guard Marcio Lassiter's struggles in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup continued last Sunday, as he missed all but two of his 15 field goals against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

He not only shot poorly from the field, Lassiter also shockingly struggled at the line, making only three of his six attempts. He also missed two crucial free throws in the final minute that could have iced the game for the Beermen.

Still, the reigning All-Filipino Cup champions were able to hold on for a 72-70 victory, thanks to some sterling defense in the final 11 seconds. Afterward, Lassiter made no excuse for his shooting woes.

"I can't blame no one but myself," he said after the game. "I guess, when you're not going, nothing's going in."

"I think tonight is one of my worst shooting nights," added Lassiter, who was a woeful 13% from the field against Ginebra, including 0-of-6 from the three-point area. 

"But I'll keep shooting," he vowed. "I may miss a couple of shots, but it won't affect me."

So far in the Governors' Cup, Lassiter has been shooting 31.5% from the field, by far the lowest mark in his career as per Humble Bola. He is shooting 28.6% from the three-point area while taking seven attempts per game, and is also shooting a career-low 60.9% from the stripe.

"It's part of the game," Lassiter said of his slump. "Ray Allen misses threes, Steph Curry misses threes, Klay Thompson has been missing in his first few games this season."

"You just got to keep shooting," he stressed. "It's just something I got to get over. I'm not too worried about that. I'm a shooter, so I'll keep shooting. It's part of the game."

"It's not always going to go in as much as you'd like it to go in, but you can't do nothing about that."

Lassiter also pointed out that while he struggled to shoot, he still contributed in other aspects of the game. For instance, he grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, while also handing out four assists in the game. He currently averages a career-best 5.5 rebounds per game, while his 2.6 assists per contest is in line with his career averages.

"I helped in different areas," he said. "I was kind of thankful that I did something like that."

"The biggest thing is we won the game," Lassiter also said. "I could have shot 100%, and we may have lost, I would have felt worse. So I'm kind of happy I shot bad. That means I got to do better, be more dialed in next time."

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