PBA: Semis or bust for Northport says Standhardinger

Paul Lintag on Nov 25, 2019 08:15 PM
PBA: Semis or bust for Northport says Standhardinger
“If we lose next game, it means absolutely nothing.“ — Christian Standhardinger. (PBA)

Northport’s hot streak as carried over to the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.

The no. 8 Batang Pier upset top-ranked NLEX Monday, scoring a huge 115-90 win to force a direct knockout against the Road Warriors.

Northport is now on a nice three-game run and two of those wins came at the expense of NLEX.

However, that good work will be undone if the Batang Pier can’t make the semifinals as a no. 8 seed. There’s certainly no reason to celebrate this second win over the Road Warriors.

“It was good that we won and my teammates played tremendous. But it means absolutely nothing,” Christian Standhardinger said.

“If we lose next game, it means absolutely nothing. We just gotta be strict. We gotta recover now and we gotta take care of business, try to do our best next game,” he added.

NLEX worked for a twice-to-beat edge for this specific reason, to get another chance at moving on in case they get ambushed like the Batang Pier did.

But for Northport, it’s plan of building a winning culture will get a big boost if they score a breakthrough semifinals appearance with this current group.

“We all try to build a winning culture, we all play hard and that helps us,” Standhardinger said.

“But like I said, this win means absolutely nothing for us. We just gotta start focusing right now for the next game, what we can do better,” he added

 

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