BOCAUE — Christian Standhardinger didn’t look like someone hobbled by a knee injury when he took the court on Saturday in the 2018 Fiba 3x3 World Cup.
But the Fil-German admits that the pain is still there.
“It hurts a lot, but it didn’t claw up on me so we’re good,” he said after contributing three points in the Philippines’ 15-7 upset of Brazil to take early leadership in Pool C of the men’s tournament.
Other than the worries over his left knee, it was all smooth-sailing for Standhardinger who was elated by the chemistry he developed with teammates Stanley Pringle, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario.
“I feel awesome about the first game because we won,” he said as the Pinoys shift their focus to Mongolia later on in the day. “We’ll do the same thing and we’ll build up on that.”
It also helped that the four players are used to the physicality in the PBA, something which Standhardinger and Co. exploited to their advantage in the halfcourt game.
“I think a lot of people have to get used to the physicality of 3x3, but it’s not even close to the physicality in the PBA. I had much respect on that, but I think Calvin Abueva and the other guys in the PBA prepared us greatly for this game,” he said.
With a win already in the bag, Standhardinger knows that he could do more in the coming games as the Philippines aims to end the day on top of its group.
“I think there’s much, much more I can make, but I think I did well,” he said.