MARCUS Douthit could barely walk and is doubtful for the title match, but he insisted his joy over Gilas Pilipinas' epic win over Korea was nothing he had felt before.
“It’s the most amazing feeling I ever felt in my life, besides me having my children,” Douthit said after Gilas Pilipinas advanced to the Fiba Asia Championship gold medal match against powerhouse Iran. "This is an amazing feeling."
Douthit’s injured right calf was kneed again early in the second quarter, forcing him to miss the rest of the game. But Ranidel De Ocampo and Marc Pingris stepped up and led Gilas Pilipinas to an 86-79 victory over Korea on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The victory earned the Philippines a berth in the 2014 Fiba World Cup for the first time since the country hosted the event in 1978.
Douthit gave a big shoutout to de Ocampo and Pingris, both undersized forwards on the Asian stage.
Pingris had 16 points and 10 rebounds while De Ocampo added 11 points including a booming three-pointer to avert a Korea comeback late in the contest.
“They are amazing players. They play with heart. They both stepped up. They took everything to win. I'm grateful to have teammates like that,” said Douthit.
Douthit doubts if he will be fit enough to play against Iran in the final.
“I probably won’t play tomorrow. It’s hurting more than it has because I got kneed in the same spot again,” Douthit said.
“It may be a miracle if I play, you never know. But it’s hurting really bad,” said Douthit.