Sy changes mind, says Blackwater now looking for stand-in import in Douthit's absence 
Blackwater owener Dioceldo Sy says if they find a good enough import, he may end up replacing Marcus Douthit for the remainder of the season. Jaime Campos

BLACKWATER, hoping to revive its sagging fortunes in the PBA Governors Cup, is now trying to find a replacement for Marcus Douthit who is leaving with the Gilas cadets for the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore on Saturday.

Elite team owner Dioceldo Sy has changed his mind about playing all-Filipino in Douthit's absence, saying they are now on the lookout for someone who will reinforce the team in its matches against Talk ‘N Text on June 12 and San Miguel Beer (June 16).

“We’re trying to get one (to replace Douthit). Naudlot kasi yung mga nauna naming kinuha, eh we hope makalusot na ito this time,” Sy told on Tuesday.

The Blackwater big boss declined to give a name, but said they are looking at a 6-foot-11 former NBA slotman who recently played in Japan’s professional league.

“He’s in the US now, but he played in Japan, is about 6-11 and 28 years old,” he added.

Sy said should the replacement be impressive, he might finish the conference with the Elite.

Sy also dispelled talk that Blackwater is tanking games with an eye on the coming PBA rookie draft, stressing that the team’s ongoing struggles are part of the birth pains of an expansion squad.

“Malas lang kami sa pag-recruit ng import ang ng ilang local players. This is just part of the learning process we have as an expansion team in the PBA,” said Sy, a long-time businessman-sportsman, who once served as chairman of the defunct Philippine Basketball League.

Blackwater currently occupies the cellar in the standings with its 1-5 record. The Elite hope to break out of their two-game slump as they face the struggling Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday.

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