HWASEONG, South Korea - Marcus Douthit had just been ripped to shreds by his coach, called a 'quitter' and his actions described as 'un-Filipino.' And what has he to say?
Gilas Pilipinas' under-fire naturalized player refused to comment on Friday night, just moments after Reyes accused him of quitting on the team in a stunning tirade following a 68-77 loss to Qatar that left the Philippines' quest for a gold medal in the Asian Games in the balance.
Douthit, who scored 10 points in the loss but just four in the final 34 minutes, was seen leaving the Gilas bench as the seconds ticked away on a defeat that left the team in a must-win situation against host Korea on Saturday just to keep its semifinal hopes alive.
The 6-10 naturalized Filipino was no longer around when the team gathered at midcourt for the customary huddle and was emotionless as he walked to the team bus, declining an interview request from Spin.ph.
The tension was palpable for the team, and the suspicion was there were fireworks in the dugout as well after Reyes made his displeasure known, not only over Douthit's performance but also over his actions at halftime where he appeared detached and uninvolved.
Reyes said Douthit 'watched a music video' and was the last to leave the dugout as Gilas tried to regroup after leading Qatar by just three points, 36-39, at halftime.
Even the other players refused to say much after the loss, with Jimmy Alapag likewise politely declining to speak to Spin.ph after nearly bringing Gilas back from the dead with four late three-pointers.