CHRISTIAN Standhardinger said the Best Player of the Conference award was farthest from his mind after San Miguel was knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors Cup.
Standhardinger leads the BPC statistical race, but was too distraught to even think about it after a chance to win his first-ever PBA crown ended on Wednesday night after the Beermen's 96-85 loss to the Aces.
“This is a tough defeat so I’m not even thinking about it that to be honest with you,” said Standhardinger when asked about the BPC race. “We went out there, we gave our best. It wasn’t enough today.”
The Fil-German big man, who hasn't played enough games to qualify for the Rookie of the Year race, amassed 43.1 statistical points to lead the statistical race, with Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra in second with 34.8 statistical points.
But the Beermen's exit likely doomed his bid for a first-ever league award despite averaging 23.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for the conference.
Interviewed by reporters on Wednesday, Standhardinger was so disappointed that he barely spoke about his upcoming stint with Team Pilipinas in the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers.
“I’m just very disappointed right now. I can’t be excited about that,” said Standhardinger, referring to the Team Pilipinas stint. “Ask me after a week when I’m over with this very interesting conference.
"But obviously, June Mar (Fajardo) and Greg (Slaughter), they are great basketball players. I’m always honored to play with them.”