PBA: Back-to-back beatdowns all part of the process for upstart NorthPort
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 18, 2019 09:58 PM
(Photo by Josh Albelda)
NorthPort pulled off a shocker to start its semifinals series opposite Ginebra in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.
The Batang Pier silenced the crowd favorites with a 34-point win in Game 1.
Since then, however, the Gin Kings have restored order and won Game 2 by 35 and Game 3 by 27.
Of course, the upstarts know full well that they have a tall task ahead of them if they are to still make a series out of this.
Even so, NorthPort would want to remind themselves as well as everybody that they are actually ahead of schedule. "Obviously, this is tough on us right now, but making it to the semis is a huge accomplishment," Christian Standhardinger said.
Indeed, from the eighth-seed, they had to topple the top-seeded team just to get to the best-of-five semis.
The Batang Pier also stole Game 1 before running into an awoken giant in the last two games.
Nonetheless, they are nothing but pleased with how they have stood up in the series. "They are amazing team. The only thing we can do is go all-out - that's it," Standhardinger said.
He then continued, "I talked to everyone and asked them, 'Did you give everything you got?' They said yes. I know they gave everything they got and if that's the case, then there's no regret."
In the eyes of the Filipino-German, this is all part of the process for NorthPort's surge ahead. "I've been telling my teammates that we're in the process of building a winning culture. I'm proud of us for sticking in there and we're doing, I think, a great job," he said.
He then continued, "As you can see, we're in the semifinals - best four teams in this conference in the Philippines. That's amazing."
Whatever happens from here, Standhardinger has full faith that the Batang Pier will jump off from here to be better. "This should motivate us for the summer. If everybody works on his craft and then we come together next season, then we have a better chance to one day, be on top," he shared.
He then continued, "This is not the time to hang our heads. This is all part of the steps to build a winning culture. That's not just given, that's not just right away. It's a long, long process to become a winning team with a winning culture."
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