PBA: After career high, SMB may be forced to play Standhardinger longer in these Finals

Paul Lintag on Jul 28, 2018 08:08 PM
After career high, SMB may be forced to play C-Stan longer
The top pick of the 2017 Draft made his Finals debut Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. He went on to score a career-high 26 points.

Lost in the Ginebra onslaught in Game 1 was Christian Standhardinger's brave performance for the defending champion Beermen.

The top pick of the 2017 Draft made his Finals debut Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. He went on to score a career-high 26 points.

Sure, most of his points came practically in garbage time as Ginebra wrapped up the victory wit ha quarter to spare but his effort didn't go unnoticed.

Head coach Leo Austria looks like he just found an obvious weapon to counter the barangay for the rest of the series.

"I'm happy to see his game tonight in spite of limited minutes in the first quarter. He's already included in the rotation eh. I hope ma-sustain ito," Austra said of Standhardinger.

"With his showing tonight ano, kailangan gamitin ko siya ng mas mahaba. I think he's ready," he added.

Standhardiner has been dealing with naggin knee issues all tournament long but he's been 100 percent healthy for San Miguel's playoff run.

Still, he's seen limited minutes as the Beermen continue to bank on a tried and tested formula of winning.

But after the Gin Kings rolled to a pretty dominant win, it seems that San Miguel is ready for a change.

Standhardinger's 26 points and eight rebounds and less than 25 minutes of play might be enough to convince Austria that his prized catch from last year's Draft needs more minutes.

"The way he played tonight, he's really a winner eh," Austria said.

"Even though nung bandang huli it was a matter to finalize the score, he keeps on fighting back. That's one thing na positive na nakita ko tonight," he added.

 


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