PBA Finals: Standhardinger gives last push as SMB takes over with 3-2 lead
Paul Lintag on Aug 15, 2019 07:08 AM
After multiple stops on Terrence Jones, Standhardinger and the rest of the San Miguel Beermen pulled ahead for a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Christian Standhardiner finally got a few good hits on Terrence Jones.
And by hits, not like actual punches or anything like that.
Late in the pivotal Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Standhardinger played some excellent defense on Jones, the league’s newly-crowned Best Import.
After multiple stops, Standhardinger and the rest of the San Miguel Beermen pulled ahead for a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title.
“I just tried to give my best to help this team win,” Standhardinger said.
“It’s very tough. He makes it tough for us. But we keep trying to play the best defense possible on him,” he added of Jones, who’s been a force in these Finals and all conference long.
The Beermen were down 16 early in the fourth quarter to TNT and were practically at the mery of the KaTropa.
But import Chris McCullough willed the team offensively and Standhardinger coming in late to help stop Jones was the last push San Miguel needed to take the victory.
“I’m very happy that we were successful today. That was tough, tough game,” Standhardinger said.
“We were right on the line of losing, but we kept fighting and that’s what we stand for—to keep on fighting,” he added.
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