Douthit open for second tour of duty with Blackwater so long as it doesn't conflict with Gilas duty
Naturalized player Marcus Douthit of Blackwater is set to reinforce the Gilas cadet team in the SEA Games and Seaba. Jaime Campos

MARCUS Douthit expressed his interest in a second tour of duty with Blackwater in the season-ending PBA Governors Cup - so long as it doesn't run into conflict with his Gilas Pilipinas duty.

“We gotta see. I’m open but it’s (Governors Cup schedule) in conflict with the SEA (Southeast Asian) Games, so I don’t know,” said the Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player shortly after leading the Elite to an 84-72 win over Meralco on Wednesday that ended their Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a winning note.

The 34-year-old Douthit will be reinforcing the Gilas cadet team when it defends the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) men’s championship in Singapore from April 27-May 3.

He will also stand at the forefront of the same national cadet squad that is eyeing to extend the country’s basketball reign in the SEA Games also in Singapore set from June 5-16.

Douthit said it would be fun to play in the pro league again for the third conference, where Blackwater is allowed to get an import with no height restrictions after woeful performances in the season’s first two conferences.

Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said should management decide to stick it out with the 6-foot-11 Douthit, the team intends to write an official letter to the Commissioner’s Office to make an adjustment to the team’s schedule in the third conference.

“May letter kami sa PBA in case si Marcus and maging import namin na wala muna sana kaming mga games during the Seaba kasi paano kami magko-compete kung wala naman kaming import?” Isaac stressed.

Blackwater finished the Commissioner’s Cup with a 3-8 win-loss record, with Douthit averaging 22.0 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 blocks as replacement to original choice Chris Charles.

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