PBA: Crazy Manila traffic delays Standhardinger's return from Asian Games
Paul Lintag on Sep 01, 2018 10:18 PM
"The traffic is ridiculous, it took me two hours. I was sweating bullets. I didn't want to miss the game but we made it, kind of, on time. I missed the first quarter a little bit but that's okay. My teammates just did a great job of finding me and getting me open. I just finished," --- Christian Standhardinger.
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A day after helping Team Philippines achieve its highest Asian Games finish in 16 years, Christian Standhardinger was in Manila, helping San Miguel win its 2018 PBA Governors' Cup opener.
Standhardinger was a bit late to the game after going to the Big Dome straight from the airport following their trip from Jakarta.
Upon arriving at the venue, he quickly changed to his uniform and got out to the court halfway through the opening period.
He officially checked in with 3.3 seconds left in the first quarter and proceeded to dominate the rest of the way.
NLEX had no answer to the PBA's top draft pick of 2017 as Standhardinger ended up scoring a PBA career-high of 36 points on top of 11 rebounds. San Miguel won, 125-112.
"It's all basketball," Standhardinger said.
"There's just hard work and then little steps in the right direction. It is hard work and little by little, centimeter by centimeter, you get better and better. Eventually, hopefully, you reach the top or you fall down and you have to crawl up again," he added as his game continues to grow in the PBA for San Miguel and for the national team.
With him going straight to the PBA less than 24 hours after the Syria game in Jakarta, Standhardinger has gained that much respect again from fans.
Christian says he didn't want to miss the game. And if not for an everyday problem the Philippines experiences, he might have actually made it on time.
"I was hurrying up and I'm going to share with you guys something compeletely new, something you've never heard before: Manila has crazy traffic," Standhardinger said.
"The traffic is ridiculous, it took me two hours. I was sweating bullets. I didn't want to miss the game but we made it, kind of, on time. I missed the first quarter a little bit but that's okay. My teammates just did a great job of finding me and getting me open. I just finished," he added.
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