PBA: Christian Standhardinger steps up to help Ginebra end slide

Barangay Ginebra ahead Christian Standhardinger. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Christian Standhardinger stepped up large time to assist Ginebra snap its two-game dropping skid within the PBA Governors’ Cup event on Sunday.

Standhardinger, who performed prolonged minutes as a result of Gin Kings’ deflated entrance court docket within the absence of Japeth Aguilar, stated it was a should for him to point out up in such an “vital recreation.”

“In the beginning of the sport, coach (Tim Cone) careworn the truth that this recreation was essential for us and he was very proper with that assertion. I’m glad that we got here collectively,” stated Standhardinger completed with 27 factors, six rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes of play.

Standhardinger, the Finals MVP within the Commissioner’s Cup, additionally had an environment friendly capturing evening, sinking 11 of his 16 makes an attempt from the sphere as Ginebra dumped Blackwater, 119-93, at PhilSports Enviornment in Pasig.

Cone stated it was important for the Gin Kings to get again on monitor after absorbing back-to-back losses to Magnolia and San Miguel Beer.

“Popping out of the final two losses, they had been powerful losses. They had been powerful groups. You may carry your greatest recreation however you’ll be able to nonetheless lose to a Magnolia or San Miguel,” defined the pinnacle tactician.

“We knew that we needed to soar out of that and ensure we beat the groups that we wanted to beat, that was on everyone’s thoughts we wanted to come back out and ensure we acquired one tonight,” he added.

Cone careworn there’s extra work to be performed for Ginebra, particularly on the defensive finish.

“I don’t assume we’re enjoying with the identical defensive stage we had been [playing with] final convention however I feel offensively, these guys are getting higher, particularly our younger guys.”

Cone’s issues on the defensive finish could possibly be attributed to the absence of Aguilar, who remains to be anticipated to overlook a number of weeks because of a knee sprain.

“He could possibly be gone for between three to 5 weeks [more.] I might say he may be again late within the playoffs, we’ll see, however proper now he’s immobilized so we will’t actually determine it out till he freezes his knee and begins exercising… proper now he’s purely immobilized. No testing occurring, simply full relaxation for that knee,” stated the multi-titled mentor.

Aguilar is averaging 13.5 factors, 4.0 rebounds and a couple of.0 assists in two video games for Ginebra this convention.

“Lacking Japeth is an enormous hit for the workforce however that’s the wonderful thing about this workforce, our different items know the place to compensate for. Offensively, we have now to outscore a bit of bit extra to compensate for him however that comes with enjoying with the workforce,” stated Standhardinger.

Other than Standhardinger, Jamie Malonzo and Justin Brownlee additionally put within the work offensively with 25 and 22 factors, respectively.

At the moment holding a 4-2 file, Ginebra appears to be like to maintain the momentum going when it faces Meralco on March 1 at Araneta Coliseum.


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