PBA: Christian Standhardinger is on a personal five-game losing skid

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 13, 2018 11:20 PM
PBA: Standhardinger is on a personal five-game losing skid
Christian Standhardinger's last win both in the ABL and the PBA was on March 25

ANTIPOLO – The last two months have not been kind to Christian Standhardinger. 

Filipino-German Standhardinger's stint in the Asean Basketball League ended with a two-game semifinals sweep at the hands of eventual champion Alab Pilipinas. 

Now, he has then stumbled out of the gates in his PBA career with two straight losses. 

Also counting his and Hong Kong’s loss to end the elimination round, Standhardinger has lost five games in a row. 

Still, he isn’t worrying all that much about this drought in terms of wins as well as his personal performance which has much room for improvement. 

That's because top overall pick Standhardinger and his team are well aware that this is still the adjustment period for all of them. "I'm literally making big adjustments. It's a lot of grabbing, holding – I'm learning a different sport.," he shared after contributing a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double in a losing effort on Sunday at the Ynares Center here. 

He went on to mention how the league’s referees, for the most part, just allow the players to play. As he put it, "Here is a country that you call so much less and you let (players) play more things. While in Europe, as soon as you don't have position anymore, that's it." 

And on that physicality, Standhardinger is the first to admit he should do better. "I'm gonna have to lift heavier weights to be stronger because this is like a different sport," he remarked. 

Beermen head coach Leo Austria will be trusting him to do just that. "He played better tonight than he did last game. He's still adjusting because he told us it's is a combination of boxing and martial arts dahil naninibago siya sa kind ng physicality ng PBA," he said. 

He then continued, "So sabi niya, 'I will start lifting weights.' Sabi ko sa kanya, 'This is the game we've been playing since even before so you have to adjust.' Sabi naman niya, 'I will.'" 

San Miguel big man Standhardinger will get another tough test in his adjustment period as their next assignment is Alaska on Saturday in Dumaguete. "I hope in the next few games alam na niya kasi we're up against Alaska. I told him also na (you will be) up against Calvin Abueva," Austria said through chuckles. 

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