Marcio Lassiter’s clutch three pointer in the dying seconds of the game knocked off Alaska out of the playoff race as San Miguel survived, 101-100, in the 46th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga Wednesday evening.
The Beermen ended the elimination round on a high note, locking the fourth spot with a 7-4 win-loss card.
Abu Tratter managed break a 98-all deadlock for Alaska and hit a jumper over Mo Tautuaa, 100-98 with 19.7 seconds remaining.
Marcio Lassiter then took the game in his hands, jacking up a wide-open corner triple with 3.8 ticks in the game for the win and ending the Aces’ playoff hopes.
Even if Alaska would win its last elimination game against NorthPort, they are already out of contention as they have inferior quotients against Phoenix and Terrafirma, who also have similar 4-7 records.
This leaves defending champion Barangay Ginebra with an opportunity to earn an outright ticket to the quarterfinals if they beat Meralco tomorrow.
CJ Peres lead San Miguel with 20 points while June Mar Fajardo had a double-double performance with 17 markers and 10 rebounds
Tratter was short of a double-double, pouring out 24 points and nine rebounds.
SAN MIGUEL (101): Perez 20, Fajardo 17, Ross 17, Tautuaa 15, Lassiter 13, Pessumal 9, Santos 7, Gamalinda 0.
ALASKA (100): Tratter 24, Brondial 17, Herndon 15, Casio 11, DiGregorio 9, Teng 9, Ahanmisi 5, Adamos 3, Ilagan 2, Stockton 2.
Quarters: 33-19, 43-47, 75-77, 101-100.