Lassiter gets back at TNT 5 years after his first Finals loss
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn Sunday, Marcio Lassiter finally exorcised the demons of his first Finals defeat in the PBA.The sharp-shooter was just a spunky upstart in the league when he emerged as one of the key contributors in Powerade’s Cinderella run back in the 2012 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LATEST STORIES Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Obiena bags pole vault bronze However, that didn’t come with a happy ending as Talk ’N Text beat them in five games to claim the championship.Lassiter had to watch the Tropang Texters revel and he kept that image in his memory as he hoped one day to be on the other side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I always had that on my mind,” said Lassiter.He finally got his revenge as San Miguel finished TNT in six games for his fifth professional title. LSU title parade draws massive crowds SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Lassiter went 5-of-13 from three for his best game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in the 115-91 Game 6 closer of TNT.“It definitely came at a great time,” the 30-year-old sniper said. “I told myself it’s only a matter of time. I had some bad shooting performances but I knew that won’t make it who I am. I’m a shooter so I kept on shooting, just want to stay true to the work I put on the gym. I worked so hard to be in this position. I just need to trust my teammates and trust my shots.”Lassiter, though, clarified that redemption is just a small part in his motivation heading into the Finals, noting that firsty priority will always be the team.And he believes the biggest reason why the Beermen are reaping is because of their camaraderie like no other.“We’re a family. We’re so close to each other, we look after each other, and we win or lose with one another,” he said. “We built this camaraderie, we fight for each other and we sacrifice. We understood years before we got into this position that we can’t do it ourselves and we soul-searched way back, but at this point, it’s all about being together, sharing and chemistry, teamwork, believing each other.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information.