MARCUS Douthit has just helped Blackwater get its first PBA win in franchise history, but insisted he'll gladly step aside once original import choice Chris Charles is ready to play.
"He (Charles) can definitely have his spot," Douthit said, moments after an 80-77 upset of newly crowned Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer ended the expansion team's winless drought at 14 games.
The seven-foot Charles has been sidelined by a hamstring injury suffered in a preseason game, but has started joining drills and halfcourt sets as he prepares for his PBA debut.
Douthit assures Charles will have a team to return to once he's is ready.
“Of course (I'm willing to give the spot back to Charles). This is his team first. They (Elite) just borrowed me and I’m just here to help out. He can definitely have his spot,” the Gilas naturalized player added.
Asked about the choice after the win, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac admitted Wednesday night's win made the decision tougher than it already was.
Tapped to stand in for Charles after the seven-footer suffered an injury in practice, Douthit helped end Blackwater's win drought on his fourth game with the team, which he punctuated with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Still, the stand-in import was quick to deflect the credit.
“I didn’t give the win. I was just here and be a part of it (historic franchise win),” said the center out of Providence College. “The team just came together. We just had a few tweaks that we had to do when I came to be part of the team.”
Douthit also said Blackwater caught San Miguel at a time when the ballclub was at its most vulnerable after a gruelling run to its first league championship in three years.
“Obviously, they (Beermen) haven’t got into the flow of things since it (Philippine Cup) had been a long conference, a grueling conference and lot of guys are tired,” said Douthit.
“But I’m sure when they get to the flow of things, a lot of teams will be in trouble.”