After pedestrian debut, Standhardinger was first in the gym for SMB doing extra practice
Christian Standhardinger works on his shot, just hours after failing to impress in his San Miguel debut in the PBA. Karlo Sacamos

CHRISTIAN Standhardinger showed his eagerness to bounce back from a so-so PBA debut as he put in some extra work before practice the morning after San Miguel Beer’s 93-85 loss to Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft scored just four points on 2-of-5 shooting and added five boards, two assists, and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench, although he recorded the highest plus-minus among the Beermen with +8.

So as one of the last Beermen to emerge out of the dugout after their loss to the Bolts, the celebrated freshman was the first one in the gym when SMB held practice on Thursday afternoon at the Upper Deck gym in Pasig.  

“Ganun talaga pag mataas ang expectations,” SMB assistant coach Boycie Zamar said of Standhardinger being an early bird in practice.

The Filipino-German standout took some shots alone and with assistant coach Jorge Gallent as his passer before training started.

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