GILAS Pilipinas naturalized big man Marcus Douthit is taking the blame for Blackwater’s sluggish start, which led to a 79-106 shellacking at the hands of hot-shooting NLEX on Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Arriving from the United States late Monday night after attending to personal matters, the 6-foot-10 Douthit was clearly not in his element after missing 21 of his 26 attempts in the game.
“I mean I missed 21 shots tonight, plus NLEX played great. They were making their shots,” Douthit said. “We were throwing everything but we just couldn’t convert. We just couldn’t knock them down.”
Douthit, who turns 35 this April, said he could actually feel the effects of jetlag during the game, which contributed to his anemic performance against an NLEX squad that rode on the impeccable shooting of import Al Thornton.
“I’m so tired right now, but what can you do? I’m gonna sleep when I get home,” he said. “But it was good to jell because I had to get (adjusted) as quick as possible because we got another game on Sunday.”
Blackwater shot just 34 percent from the field as the expansion squad, which less than a week ago shocked Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer, 80-77, hardly showed resistance.
Blackwater returns to action on Sunday against GlobalPort.
“We got tomorrow off, but I’m gonna practice just to get the jetlag out because we have to take advantage of every opportunity in practice and prepare for our next game,” said Douthit.