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PBA: Lassiter hits game-winner as San Miguel escapes Alaska


San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter’s late-game heroics lifted San Miguel to the 101-100 win over Alaska within the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at DHVSU Gymnasium in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Lassiter drilled the game-winning three-pointer from the left nook off of CJ Perez’ cross with 3.8 seconds to play that additionally secured the fourth seed for the Beermen with a 7-4 report heading into the quarterfinals.

The Beermen and Aces traded counters within the fourth. Alaska regarded prefer it landed the haymaker when Abu Tratter knocked down a jumper for the 100-98 lead with 19.7 seconds left.

San Miguel, nonetheless, discovered the open shot after a number of passes after the preliminary play for June Mar Fajardo discombobulated and compelled the Beermen to concoct an offensive sequence on the fly that led to Lassiter’s three.

“Since profitable our first title, our philosophy has at all times been give it to June Mar within the publish,” stated Beermen head coach Leo Austria, who’s gained eight championships with the group. “Good factor is we received a bit fortunate.”

“Once they prevented June Mar, he made the kick out cross and we discovered the open shot simply in time.”

Perez led San Miguel with a team-high 20 factors with six rebounds and 4 steals whereas Fajardo had 17 factors, 10 boards, and 6 assists.

Lassiter had 13 factors and his three-pointer within the fourth was his solely subject objective within the quarter.

Tratter had a game-high 24 factors to guide the Aces who dropped to 3-7 and whose quarterfinal hopes at the moment are in peril.

The Aces will now must win their closing recreation of the preliminaries towards NorthPort to get to a 4-7 slate, and hope that Barangay Ginebra loses its match towards Meralco, in the event that they ever dream of creating the playoffs.

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