FOR five straight years, the San Miguel Beermen were considered the gold standard when it came to excellence in the PBA Philippine Cup.
However, the dynasty came to a screeching halt this past season when a resilient Meralco Bolts squad booted them out of the quarterfinal round.
Now, with plenty of time to rest, recover and reflect on the doomed season that was, Filipino-American wingman Marcio Lassiter says he is confident that San Miguel still has what it takes to compete for championships in the Philippine Cup and beyond.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back on the court and try to prove we’re still there. We still have the blueprint. Definitely, our core still has a lot left in us,” said Lassiter during an appearance on “The Chasedown.”
Apart from Meralco’s perseverance, injuries also took their toll on the San Miguel franchise. Already without six-time MVP winner June Mar Fajardo who is still recovering from a leg injury, the Beermen also lost top gunner Terrence Romeo to a shoulder injury early in the season.
Lassiter, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Mo Tautuaa all played with different ailments and eventually, were not able to sustain their form, leading to their ouster from title contention.
With the new season, though, still four months away, Lassiter said he expects San Miguel to come back with its roster and hopefully reclaim its lost throne.
“We have to keep working hard. I’m going to keep working hard and just try to keep getting better every day this off-season,” said Lassiter.
“Going to the new season, a lot of preparation has to be done. A lot of hard work has to be done, and it’s something I’m willing to do and I’m willing to push.” (JNP)