PBA: ABL is more physical according to Standhardinger

Paul Lintag on May 09, 2018 10:55 PM
PBA: ABL is more physical according to Standhardinger
Making his debut for the San Miguel Beermen Wednesday in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, Standhardinger was largely pedestrian and had more fouls (5) than points (4) after 20 minutes of play.

It didn't take long for Christian Standhardinger to realize that the play in the PBA is far different compared to the ABL.

Making his debut for the San Miguel Beermen Wednesday in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup, Standhardinger was largely pedestrian and had more fouls (5) than points (4) after 20 minutes of play.

The Beermen ended up losing to the Meralco Bolts, 85-93.

Struggling in his first taste of the PBA, two things surprised the no. 1 pick of the 2017 Draft.

"We play a little bit slower than my Hong Kong team. We're sprinting up and down there, here it's more of a half-court game. Though I may need to adjust to that and I would need to adjust to the different ways the game is called," Standhardinger said.

Speaking of the calls, the Fil-German forward mentioned that the ABL is actually more physical, a fact that could have factored in him being saddled by fouls.

"I don't think it's that physical, to be honest with you. I think the ABL was more physical," he said.

"I feel like... I was surprised. I just need to adjust to the way the games are called here," Standhardinger added.

Coming off the bench, Standhardinger says that he's just going to continue working on his role and helping the loaded San Miguel team with its main goal: winning the championship.

"I'm okay with whatever role I am needed in. And I think in this team, we have many scorers. My job is to defend, give energy and facilitate more," he said.

"And I think all of you guys knew that that was my main focus today on the court. I will do that, keep doing that," Standhardinger said.

 


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