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    Christian Standhardinger faces former team as NorthPort, SMB collide

    Oct 23, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CHRISTIAN Standhardinger takes on his former team as NorthPort battles San Miguel on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    Gametime is at 7 p.m.

    Standhardinger is expected to make his debut on Wednesday night as a Batang Pier after he was traded after nearly two seasons with the Beermen. However, Standhardinger has been taking a cautious approach as he is still bothered by a left knee injury.

    The Fil-German is determined to play against San Miguel, having done strengthening on his knee while also taking an MRI to check on the injury.

    “I will try to play,” said Standhardinger.


      Standhardinger said they will have their hands full in facing a Beermen team seeking a Grand Slam.

      “They are a great team. I think we all agree that we are the underdogs in this game by far. It’s just being out there and competing, giving our best and making it as hard as possible for them,” said Standhardinger.

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      Standhardinger, however, believes in the capacity of the team to reach far in their Governors’ Cup campaign.

      “I think our team can win against anybody. But let’s not lie. Including me, we are not as talented as other teams like San Miguel are. We just have to play hard and together and that will come with time. But I think this team has a bright future,” said Standhardinger.

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      With Standhardinger around, NorthPort is looking to improve on its 2-4 card. The Batang Pier are fresh from their 80-70 victory over Phoenix Pulse last October 12.

      NorthPort also made an import change in time for the game against San Miguel with former Arkansas standout Michael Qualls replacing Mychal Ammons.

      San Miguel, meanwhile, is in a share of second place with NLEX in the team standings with a 5-1 record. They recently beat Columbian, 113-107.

      In the first game, Blackwater takes on Rain or Shine at 4:30 p.m.

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      The Elite are looking to improve their 2-4 record with the match-up against the Elastopainters, who have lost four straight games.

      Rain or Shine will be playing with a new import in Kwame Alexander.

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