(UPDATED) Marcio Lassiter knocked down the game-winning triple as the San Miguel Beermen eliminated Alaska, 101-110 in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.
The Aces were up by just 100-98, but CJ Perez fed Lassiter the assist leading to the buzzer-beater that lifted the Beermen past Alaska.
Perez led SMB with 20 points on 8-of-17 field goal shots to go with six rebounds and four steals.
"What we want to day is a 'W'... It's better to get to the quarterfinals with a momentum by winning against Alaska," said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
Austria said the Beermen needed a morale booster going to the next round especially after their disappointing loss to Magnolia.
June Mar Fajardo had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Ross scored 17 markers.
Lassiter tallied 13 points with two triples including the game winner.
The Aces were at an advantage after Abu Tratter drain a midrange jumper that game Alaska a 100-98 edge with 19 seconds remaining.
But Austria drew up a play for Fajardo with an option for any Beermen to shoot from the outside.
"Alam nila ang philosophy namin is bigman on the post, we know they will give June Mar a hard time. Medyo swerte rin kami the defense collapsed and naprevent man nila si June Mar," said the Beermen's coach.
"Nakick out ang bola and there's a lot of extra passes just in time (leading to Lassiter's shot)."
The Beermen safely occupies the fourth spot with a 7-4 record while booting out the Aces (3-7) out of title contention.
San Miguel 101 – Perez 20, Fajardo 17, Ross 17, Tautuaa 15, Lassiter 13, Pessumal 9, Santos 7, Zamar 3, Gamalinda 0.
Alaska 100 – Tratter 24, Brondial 17, Herndon 15, Casio 11, Teng 9, DiGregorio 9, Ahanmisi 5, Adamos 3, Banal 3, Ilagan 2, Stockton 2.
Quarters: 33-18; 43-47; 75-77; 101-100.