Marcio Lassiter buzzer-beater sinks TNT to tie semifinal series at 1-1

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Marcio Lassiter scored on a putback right before time expired to lift the San Miguel to a heart pounding 98-96 win over the TNT Tropang Giga in Game Two to tie the semifinals series of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at 1-1 on Wednesday afternoon at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Tied at 96-all after TNT’s Troy Rosario tied the game at 96-all with a straightaway triple with six seconds to go, San Miguel sued for time and on the ensuing play, got the ball to June Mar Fajardo inside. However, the Cebuano missed his shot and on the ensuing rebound scramble, Lassiter crept inside, snagged the offensive rebound and put it back up and in to win the game for the Beermen.

Lassiter’s game-winning bucket capped off San Miguel’s comeback from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Down 67-82 at the start of the last canto, San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo went berserk and scored 15 of his 26 points in that stretch to bring his team back.

Fajardo added 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Alex Cabagnot chipped in 14 markers.

It was a sorry loss for TNT, which led by as much as 19 points in the ballgame. Cebuano wingman Roger Pogoy scored 21 points to pace the Tropang Giga while Poy Erram had a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards. (JNP)

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