San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter was almost the hero for his team by keeping them in the game against Rain or Shine in the last minutes of the fourth quarter.
With only 21.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter, San Miguel was trailing by just 1 point, 107-106, and it was Lassiter’s team with the ball possession.
In a play designed for Jun Mar Fajardo, the big man attracted a tight Rain or Shine defense and was forced to give it to Lassiter who took the final shot instead that could have won the game for San Miguel.
The rebound was then grabbed by Jericho Cruz and he quickly ran to the other court by the baseline. Cruz was then chased by a desperate Lassiter that resulted to a flagrant foul.
Cruz fell down and never got up with an injured knee and he has to be taken out of the court with a stretcher.
The injury – on a viewer’s standpoint – didn’t look good and Rain or Shine coach, Yeng Guiao had to admit that he is not expecting Cruz to be back for the series (or the conference).
“I went for the ball and that’s it,” said Lassiter on the last play.
“There was no intention to hurt Jericho (Cruz). My intentions were not to hurt anyone. I am not the type of guy.”
Jericho Cruz was taken out the Araneta Coliseum in an ambulance with no word yet on how long he will be out.
Cruz is the 2nd player for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to go out in this series with an injury following Raymond Almazan.
The San Miguel Beermen now trail the PBA Philippine Cup Semi-Finals 2-1 and will play Game 4 against the short-handed Rain or Shine team on Monday, January 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.