PBA: Ejected Standhardinger only sorry for “accidental” hit on Calvin
Paul Lintag on Apr 16, 2019 07:21 AM
In the second quarter of an eventual San Miguel win, Standhardinger was thrown out for flagrant foul penalty 2.
Christian Standhardinger’s Monday night on the court for Game 2 of the Philippine Cup semifinals ended after only nine minutes and 20 seconds.
In the second quarter of an eventual San Miguel win, Standhardinger was thrown out for a flagrant foul penalty 2.
During a rebound play, Standhardinger and Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva both went down and Christian’s foot landed right in the face of the Beast.
That looked like an accident but Standhardinger was tossed for an apparent second kick to Abueva’s nether regions.
Replay was not clear about that but Calvin did act like his family jewels received a solid hit.
Standhardinger, who was cool about the situation post-game, says he’s only apologizing for the first hit, which he insists was an accident like the video evidence suggests.
“He [Abueva] pulled me down and then I fell down and I tried to run away or tried to run back on defense and I accidentally hit him,” Standhardinger said.
“Obviously, I feel sorry for accidentally [hitting him]. That's the most important thing. But I think he's fine, he played all game. That's what happened. Obviously, it was a tough call to go to F2 but you know, that's how it is,” he added.
Standhardinger has moved on from the ejection and his focus now is helping his team in Game 3 on Easter Sunday, that is if he’s not suspended for his disqualifying foul.
The four-time champion Beermen are now up 2-0 against Phoenix and they need another two to defend their title in the Finals.
“The whole team was able to knock them out and get another important victory,” Standhardinger said.
“We need two more to go and hopefully, we can make it to the Finals,” he added.
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