In pretty much just half a conference with his new team, Christian Standhardinger has helped lead Northport back to the PBA playoffs.
Since coming over in the middle of the Governors’ Cup, Standhardiner has been huge in Northport wins over San Miguel Beer, NLEX, and Ginebra.
The last two wins helped the Batang Pier enter the quarterfinals, and in the pivotal decision against the Gin Kings, Standhardinger posted a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.
“It was a fight. I was not easy for us,” Standhardinger said.
“We had to adjust. We had an amazing win over SMB, then we lost very closely to Alaska. But then I think now we’ve made the right adjustments,” he added.
As they enter the playoffs with a solid winning streak, Standhardinger is not quite confident.
The reasoning behind is too much confidence can lead to a team relaxing. Northport can’t afford to relax and not work as hard now.
“To be honest with you, I’m not confident at all because that’s the kind of player I am. I’m confident in our ability to go all out. I’m confident in our ability to give our best and to make the right adjustments,” he said.
“But I will never be confident of making it far because if you’re confident about that stuff then you settle, and you stop working hard. I hope we all are not confident and we all just keep grinding, keep working hard, and if we do that, then we’re on the right track,” Standhardinger added.
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