TAIPEI - Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes wants players who play with passion.
Well, he sure got his guy in Christian Standhardinger.
The Fil-German big man, who figured in a shouting match with Reyes late in an opening loss to Canada the day before, let his game do the talking on Sunday night by putting together a monster double-double in Gilas' 88-72 win over host Chinese-Taipei in the 39th Jones Cup.
The 6-8 Standhardinger was all heart on the floor as he scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds - including nine on the offensive end - in just his second game with Gilas and just weeks after coming over from Munich where he is based.
The pony-tailed bruiser was also quick to embrace the 'puso' mentality that Reyes has long espoused - not only in words but also in action.
"I love playing with these guys, we play with a lot of heart. Puso," Standhardinger, a US NCAA Division I veteran who was born and raised in Germany, said.
"We play with a lot of fight and I feel that every game we play together, we are improving."
The mood in the media center, where he sat next to Reyes on the head table, was in stark contrast to a night earlier when the two got into a shouting match after the Gilas coach got angry with his big man for trying to bring the ball downcourt like a point guard.
"Last night people were asking why we were shouting at each other," Reyes said. "But that's part of the culture that we're building here. And I keep telling the players that I'd much rather see you shout at each other and answer me back but when you're in the game you're playing hard.
"I'd prefer that than (seeing you) not shouting or not answering me back but you're gonna sit in a corner and feel bad and stop playing.
"We are all passionate, we all want to win, and the important thing is what you do on the floor."
Standhardinger combined with import Mike Myers to give Gilas a 54-38 rebounding edge over Quincy Davis and the rest of Taipei's frontline.
More importantly for Reyes, the Fil-German slotman show what passion was all about - this time on the floor.
"The only thing you don't see from his numbers is how tough he is and how hard he works," he said of Standhardinger. "Those are the intangibles that he brings to the ballgame - running the break, diving on the floor - and the wingmen and the guards know that Christian has their backs."