PBA: Standhardinger breaks through with first BPC award
Paul Lintag on Jan 15, 2020 07:03 PM
In pretty much less than a full conference with his new team in Northport, Standhardinger has won his first-ever individual award in the PBA. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
Christian Standhardinger has seen the light after he got out of San Miguel Beer's shadow.
In pretty much less than a full conference with his new team in Northport, Standhardinger has won his first-ever individual award in the PBA.
For his impact in the Batang Pier’s incredible run to the semifinals in the 2019 Governors’ Cup, Standhardinger has been named Gatorade-Best Player of the Conference.
The former no. 1 pick beat out former San Miguel teammate June Mar Fajardo, TNT’s Jayson Castro, Columbian's CJ Perez, and batchmate Kiefer Ravena for the award.
Standhardinger got a total of 1,011 points, way ahead of Fajardo (657 points), and Castro (615 points).
Standhardinger was traded for Mo Tautuaa in the middle of the conference and his arrival at Northport allowed the Batang Pier to sneak into the playoffs as the no. 8 seed.
His presence powered Northport to become only the fourth team in league history to beat a no. 1 seed to advance in the semifinals.
In 11 games with Northport, Standhardinger averaged 22.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.4 steals. In four games for the Beermen before getting traded, he just went for 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds.
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