After missing almost half the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, Christian Standhardinger finally returned to San Miguel Beer Sunday.
He was supposed to ease himself back into the Beermen’s rotation but the no. 1 pick of the 2017 Drafy ended up playing perhaps his best game of the current season as San Miguel picked up a nice win to enter the playoffs on a high note.
Playing 23 minutes, Standhardinger shot 10/15 from the field for 23 points to go along with seven rebounds. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter as San Miguel dropped the hammer on the Alaska Aces, cruising to a 114-96 decision.
“I have a great team you know, to get me ready and back in shape,” Standhardinger said.
“Now, I’m happy that I can contribute and I am happy to win the game,” he added.
Playing 16 straight months took a toll on Standhardinger’s body, making his nagging injuries all the more difficult to truly overcome.
However, he’s ready to go now and it looks like he didn’t lost a step.
“I feel good, I feel better now,” Standhardinger said.
“It took so much time to really get it fixed, one of my muscles stopped working so I’m happy that nothing more serious came. But It took so long to make it work again. I’m happy I’m back now,” he added.
More than his comeback from a long recovery process, there’s a more intimate reason that fueled Standhardinger’s strong outing.
Christian’s mom, as well as his grandparents were in town to watch him play in the PBA live for the first time.
“I tried to play with extra motivation of course, just to make them proud,” Standhardinger said.
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