BLACKWATER is in a dilemma on who between Marcus Douthit and original choice Chris Charles to keep as import in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Coach Leo Isaac disclosed the Elite are still giving Charles a chance to recover from his hamstring injury before making the decision on whether to replace him with Douthit, who played for the team in its loss to Talk `N Text last Sunday.
“Wala pa naman. Kasi si Chris Charles is still in the disabled list. Until the time he is cleared by the doctors to compete, we have to decide,” Isaac said.
Charles has been with the team since December but suffered the unfortunate injury prior to the start of the mid-season tournament.
Isaac admitted having two quality imports is a “good problem” for the Elite as they still eye a breakthrough win in the league.
“At least, you have two choices to make. Either you take Marcus or Chris Charles. We will see how things develop,” Isaac said.
The Blackwater coach said Charles’ medical status remains unchanged.
“He is still undergoing rehab therapy for his pulled hamstring. Hopefully, he would be ready in the next two weeks,” Isaac said.
Douthit made a good impression as stand-in import for Blackwater, finishing with 14 points, 17 rebounds, and four shot blocks for the Elite in his first game with the team against Talk ‘N Text.
The Elite were in contention against the Tropang Texters three-fourths of the way until import Richard Howell took charge in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Talk `N Text.
“He was able to help us,” Isaac said of Douthit. “But obviously, he is not yet 100 percent. Until the time he shapes up, maybe we can see brighter things for Blackwater.”