CHRISTIAN Standhardinger played a career night in Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, and San Miguel coach Leo Austria hopes the Fil-German can sustain the fine play as the Beermen try to gain control of the series.
Standhardinger scored a career-high 26 points in only 24 minutes in the Beermen’s loss in Game One. He also had eight rebounds.
Several of his points came late in the match, but Austria liked what he saw from the No. 1 pick especially after a knee injury.
Standhardinger missed several games prior to the finals due to the injury sustained during the country’s preparation for the Fiba 3x3 World Cup in June.
“I’m happy to see his game tonight in spite of limited minutes in the first quarter,” said Austria. “He is already included in the rotation. I hope ma-sustain ito.”
Austria is now looking to field the rookie for longer minutes as the Beermen aim to bounce back in Game Two on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“With his showing, kailangan gamitin ko siya ng mas mahaba. I think he is ready,” said Austria.
Austria also commended Standhardinger for continuing to battle until the end of Game One even though Ginebra’s lead had widened to 39.
“The way he played, he is really a winner. Even though nung bandang huli, it was a matter of finalizing the score, he keeps on fighting. That’s one thing na positive na nakita ko,” said Austria.