Blackwater sends home injured import Chris Charles, sticks with Marcus Douthit
Chris Charles never got to play a single game for Blackwater. Jerome Ascano

GIANT import Chris Charles is set to leave the country without having played a single game in the PBA.

Blackwater management decided to send home the injured Charles and opted to retain the services of naturalized player Marcus Douthit for the team's remaining games in the Commissioner’s Cup.

Team alternate governor Wilbert Loa said the team arrived at the decision just early this week upon the arrival of  franchise owner Dioceldo Sy from a business trip in Singapore.

“Nag-decide na kami na pauwiin na si Chris Charles. Binigyan na lang namin siya ng hanggang katapusan dun sa bahay niya, pero di na siya maglalaro sa amin,” Loa told

The seven-foot Charles arrived here in the middle of December last year to prepare early with the team following the Elite’s winless campaign in the season-opening Philippine Cup.

Fresh from his successful stint in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) where he was a two-time MVP, Charles even joined Blackwater’s Christmas party and spent the rest of the holiday season in the country.

Unfortunately, the former Villanova standout aggravated the injury during a tune-up match with Globalport just days before the start of the import-laden conference.

Charles’ condition prompted Blackwater to tap the services of Douthit, the original naturalized player of Gilas Pilipinas, while his predecessor undergoes regular therapy.

But with only six playing games left in its schedule, Blackwater deemed it wise to just let go of Charles and stick it out with Douthit.

So far, the Elite are 1-4 in the tournament, although its maiden victory for the season came in the form of a stunning 80-77 upset of newly-crowned All-Filipino champion San Miguel Beer.

The 34-year-old Douthit reinforced the Elite in their win over the Beermen and currently averages 19.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.7 blocks per contest.

Blackwater is coming off a 106-79 beating at the hands of NLEX and will try to bounce back strong against GlobalPort this Sunday.

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