Standhardinger falls prey to ridiculous Manila traffic

Paul Lintag on Jul 06, 2017 03:09 PM
Standhardinger falls prey to ridiculous Manila traffic
No one is safe from Manila traffic, even Gilas Pilipinas' new recruit Christian Standhardinger.

Aside from adjusting to the style of play here in the Philippines, there's another thing that Christian Standhardinger has to work on while in the country for Gilas Pilipinas.

That's getting used to Manila's ridiculous traffic.

The Fil-German standout missed national team practice Monday night, all thanks to Manila's infamous gridlocks.

Standhardinger admitted to underestimating the traffic here in the Metro, but his Uber was also to blame since they got apparently got lost on the way to the Meralco Gym.

"It was crazy. That traffic was crazy. I thought 90 minutes would be enough to get here but I learned that from 5- to 10 p.m., you can't go over the traffic because it's very long," Standhardinger said on his first-hand experience of our sorry state when it comes to transportation.

"I'm trying to come here [to practice] at 5 [in the afternoon] or 4:30 to get away," he added.

Standhardinger didn't miss practice Wednesday and it was a good thing since he saved the national team from what would have been a disastrous tuneup game loss to the NLEX Road Warriors.

Playing his first game for the national team, Standhardinger connected on the game-winning layup that gave Gilas a 113-112 victory over NLEX to jumpstart their preparation for the 2017 William Jones Cup in Taiwan next week.

"All I had to was lay it up," he said after Kiefer Ravena found him wide open under the basket.

"The pass under the basket was a great pass, I had to make that [game-winner]. I'm very happy that my teammates put me in such great situations. I'm very happy to be here," Standhardinger added.



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