Injured sniper Lassiter ‘helpless’ as Gilas fires blanks vs Italy

first_imgWomen’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast The team was forced to leave its best shooter behind, not that coach Yeng Guiao wanted it. But an injury to Marcio Lassiter less than a month coming here forced the hand of the coaching staff to look for that sniper elsewhere.Lassiter owned one of the somber faces at Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena after that 46-point blowout, knowing that he couldn’t do anything to remedy the situation for his brothers-in-arms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“It hurts just from the aspect of not being there to help your brothers out, to fight with them,” Lassiter said during breakfast at his hotel. “They’re going to war putting their bodies on the line. For me, that’s the things I want to do for the team and the country. You just feel helpless.”The 6-foot-4 gunslinger, who has been out because of a knee injury since the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, is here as a cheerleader, having practiced with Gilas since the start as he was prepared by Guiao to be the team’s top outside gun. Mike Bryan fined $10,000 for gun gesture at US Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Marcio Lassiter watches Gilas Pilipinas’ tuneup game against the Adelaide 36ers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFOSHAN, China—Gilas Pilipinas never got into a shooting flow against Italy last Saturday night, resulting in one of the biggest blowouts thus far in the Fiba World Cup here.Failing to hit a single three-pointer in the first half and finishing with just three for the game—coming during garbage time—the Filipinos went down hard, 108-62, and are faced with a must-win game against world No. 4 Serbia Monday night to have any chance of advancing past group play.ADVERTISEMENT Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw LATEST STORIES Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGCcenter_img “I’m sure that if one goes in, then two of three (triples), the whole confidence of the team gathers by then,” he said. “Confidence-wise, they have so much confidence. it’s the reason why they’re on the team. I feel that was a bad night for them.”The Nationals, though, can’t have afford to have another night like that.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX “All you can do is cheer them on and give the encouragement. That’s all I could do while I was watching them,” he said.Lassiter was also baffled by the way the team shot against the Italians: 3-for-23 in that game.“They never got into a flow,” he said. “Whatever that transpired in the game didn’t look fluid for them. It wasn’t flowing like we expected. I don’t know if it was their (Italian’s defense) or that we were scouted well. I’m sure if we were able to move it around a little more, we got better looks.”The pure shooter in him believes that the outing against the powerhouse Serbs will be better Monday night.“I’ve seen that first hand,” he said of Gilas making a bunch of triples.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more