Christian Standhardinger says Iraq incident will only make relationship with Chot Reyes stronger
Gilas rookie Christian Standhardinger keeps his cool in a game against Lithuania. Photo from CTBA

TAIPEI - Christian Standhardinger has put behind him a dressing down from Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes in a Jones Cup game on Thursday, saying it will only make their relationship stronger moving forward with the national team.

The Fil-German big man incurred Reyes' ire when he hit Iraqi player Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi with a 'cheap shot' during a television timeout late in Gilas' 84-75 win and was subsequently tossed out of the game on deliberate fouls.

Reyes made his feelings about Standhardinger's actions known after the game but has since brushed off any tension, saying "it's no big deal."

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On Friday, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger also denied any tension arose from the flare-up. Team sources said the Gilas new boy also apologized for his actions, telling his teammates he only wanted to stand up for the team in an ill-tempered game.

"Yesterday happened and nothing changed. I haven't lost respect for coach and I know I'm respected and that's the important thing," Standhardinger told mediamen. "Our relationship is now at a different level because we went through that experience together."

Standhardinger also atoned for his poor showing against Iraq, coming off the bench to score nine points, grab two rebounds and make two steals in just 20 minutes.

He later played down his game, saying, "to be honest with you, I don't think it was a solid game for me. I think I could've played better so I'm a little disappointed with myself." 

More importantly, Standhardinger said he and Reyes now know what to expect from each other. 

"I know exactly what he wanted me to do and I'll try to execute what he wants me to do and hopefully we become successful," said the Munich-born US NCAA Division I veteran.

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