INCHEON, South Korea — Marcus Douthit sat out Saturday’s game due to a disciplinary action made by Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes.
Douthit was benched in Gilas Pilipinas’ 97-95 loss to host South Korea in the Asian Games even if the naturalized player showed up for the warm-ups and said before the game he had ironed things out with his coach.
However, Reyes said the 6-10 slotman was benched for disciplinary reasons after the loss to Qatar on Friday where he accused Douthit of 'quitting' on Gilas and labelled his actions 'un-Filipino.'
“We decided that we bench Marcus for disciplinary issue,” said Reyes during the postgame press conference.
Gilas Pilipinas still has a game to play against Kazakhstan on Sunday at the Hwaseong Sports Complex, but Reyes is non-committal on Douthit playing in that game.
He said discussions with Douthit on Friday night only revolved around his status for the Korea game.
“Our discussion last night and today as a team was for this game only. For tomorrow, we are going to talk again. But that’s up in the air. It’s still indefinite,” said Reyes.
For all intents and purposes, Douthit's future with the team is also in doubt, especially after the chaotic events in Incheon that fans have come to label as a 'Koreanovela.'
As it is, Douthit only got the call-up for the Asian Games because Andray Blatche was ruled ineligible by organizers under the three-year residency rule for naturalized players.
With Douthit watching from the bench, June Mar Fajardo held his own against Korea's big men by scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
“June Mar played very well. Nothing to be ashamed off. He played very well. We'll get more games from Fajardo, we will be okay,” said Reyes.
Here's the pocast of Chot Reyes' tirade against Douthit after loss to Qatar: