Marcio Lassiter joins PBA’s 500 steals club

Renowned for his offensive skills, Marcio Lassiter demonstrated his defensive capabilities as well.

On Sunday, the sharpshooter of San Miguel was formally awarded a plaque for becoming the 34th player in PBA history to attain 500 steals.

The 36-year-old Lassiter reached the career milestone at the 2:18 mark of the opening quarter of Game 4 of the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel and Magnolia when he snatched the ball from Hotshots guard Paul Lee.

The Gilas Pilipinas wingman is the eighth active player to accomplish the feat and just the sixth in franchise history succeeding Rosalio ‘Yoyong’ Martirez, Olsen Racela, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos.

Lassiter was joined by wife Jerlyn and their five kids when he accepted the symbolic plaque from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial during halftime of Game 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Marcial was with San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua, San Miguel governor Robert Non, and Magnolia governor Rene Pardo during the short awarding ceremony.

After the game, Lassiter’s total steals are now at 502 and counting.

The career achievement was the second in a week for Lassiter, who in Game 2 of the title series surpassed Ronnie Magsanoc at no. 5 in the all-time three-point made list, according to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

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