MANILA, Philippines—Christian Standhardinger figured on the forefront of feisty Barangay Ginebra counterattack down the stretch that sealed a 115-110 Game 5 win over Meralco within the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Sunday night time.
The tireless Gin Kings ahead hit back-to-back baskets after which corralled a key offensive rebound that just about snuffed out the Bolts’ hopes of a coming again within the contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I knew we needed something, right? We needed something. And I just wanted to play within the offense of coach Tim (Cone),” he informed reporters on the heels of a 13-point, seven-rebound job that helped the gang darlings transfer inside a win away from championship glory.
“They gave me that shot, and then I took it. And, you know, sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. You can just give your best. That’s what my mother always told me—give your best. I gave it my best shot and I’m happy it went in today and I was able to contribute to our victory,” he went on.
It was not the best outing by the Filipino-German ahead. But it certain underscored simply how far he has come when it comes to embracing his function in Ginebra.
Plucked from NorthPort in March of final 12 months, Standhardinger needed to shed his do-it-all self in his stint with the Gin Kings. And understandably so. The squad already had JApeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson, and on this convention Justin Brownlee. The transition has not been precisely a easy one, however these days of integration really feel rather less bumpy now, based on the 6-foot-8 ahead.
“It’s much better now,” he stated of becoming in with the membership. “What really helped me a lot is Boss [Alfrancis Chua]. He told me, ‘Hey, we don’t need you to do anything too special, we don’t need you to score 30 points or 25 points, we just need you to help the team to win.’ And Coach Tim (Cone) told me the same thing. That gives a lot of security for a player,” he stated.
“I played in Europe, I played in Germany, I played in Hong Kong where you kind of has to score. And if you don’t score, but you do all the other work that is not there in the stat sheet, then they will be mad at you and they will tell that you’re not playing good,” he went on.
“I’m very happy that Boss Al and Coach Tim—they see the other things that I bring to the court. There’s no pressure, and I just can truly focus on winning. And that helps me a lot. And I think that’s why I had a much easier time [now].”
That relaxed disposition has allowed Standhardinger to really feel proper at dwelling with Ginebra. But extra importantly, it has put him and the Gin Kings inside attain of one other PBA title.
A title on Wednesday could be the third for the highest decide of the 2017 Rookie Draft, and the 14th general for the beloved franchise.
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