BANGKOK - Christian Standhardinger continued to dominate the Asean Basketball League (ABL), leading the Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club to a 112-105 win over Mono Vampire on Saturday at the Mono 29 Studio.
This PBA season's top pick overall played like a true import as he finished with 40 points, 17 rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead the visiting squad to their third win in as many games despite missing the services of world import Ryan Moss.
Moss' presence wasn't needed at all as Standhardinger dominated on both ends from the get go with his Hong Kong squad leading by as many as 19 in the first half.
After Mono trimmed the deficit to three, the Fil-German sensation was at it again in the clutch, scoring seven points in the final 3:30 to keep the home team at bay.
That scoring spurt was highlighted by an off-balanced basket off the pick and roll that gave Hong Kong a 108-100 lead with 45 seconds left in the game.
Despite the big numbers, Standhardinger was actually critical of himself for missing several gimmes.
"Actually today was not a good day, I had three easy lay-ups that I missed so I apologize to my teammates coz I messed up their assists. But everything else, the victory is the most important thing so it worked out," said Standhardinger.
"Ryan Moss is a big part of this team so it's very important as a team to compensate for losing him so I'm happy we were able to do that," he added.
Fellow heritage import Tyler Lamb finished with 19 points before fouling out while lone world import Marcus Elliot also finished with 19 to go along nine assists.
Reggie Johnson led Mono Vampire with 31 points and eight rebounds while Fil-Am sensation Jason Brickman added 12. Former UE star Paul Zamar struggled from the field but still had decent all-around numbers of 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The victory snapped Mono Vampire's three game winning run as they dropped to 3-2.
HONG KONG EASTERN 112 — Standhardinger 40, Elliott 19, Lamb 19, Lee 19, Lau 12, Xu 3, Chung 0, Ip 0, Tang 0.
MONO VAMPIRE 105 — Johnson 31, Chanthachon 15, Sanders 15, Kruatiwa 13, Brickman 12, Zamar 11, Apiromvilaichai 4, Phuangla 4, Ananti 0, Boonyai 0.
Quarterscores: 29-27, 59-49, 84-77, 112-105