Standhardinger considers 1st BPC plum as team award for NorthPort

Christian Standhardinger made the most out of a new situation and emerged as the top player in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Taken aback by a shocking trade right that sent him from the San Miguel Beermen to the NorthPort Batang Pier right at the middle of the season-ending tournament, the 30-year-old Fil-German bruiser proved his worth by taking the Batang Pier to new heights in just 11 appearances for the team.

He bested the likes of fellow Gilas stalwarts June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, and CJ Perez for his first ever Best Player of the Conference award.

Shortly after accepting the distinction alongside Meralco Bolts’ Allen Durham who nabbed his third Best Import of the Conference plum, Standhardinger took to social media who thanked everyone who helped him along the way.

“I want to thank everybody that made this possible for me. I see this more as a team award not just for the great team I have in NorthPort, but also for the great team I am blessed to have in my personal life. Thank you for supporting me in whatever goal I have cast out for us regardless if that’s with business, basketball, health or anything else! Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!,” he wrote.

Buried behind the SMB bench and playing second fiddle to Fajardo, Standhardinger just averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for San Miguel before being swapped to NorthPort for Mo Tautuaa.

Now soaking up heavy minutes under coach Pido Jarencio, Standhardinger tallied 22.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals for the Batang Pier and leading the team to a mighty upset versus the number one seed NLEX Road Warriors in the quarterfinals.

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