The San Miguel Beermen is already out for championship contention this conference and that also lost their chance to snag the elusive grand slam.
Yet, not for Christian Standhardinger who helped his NorthPort Batang Pier survived the tough test thrown at them by NLEX Road Warriors last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Fil-German logged a grueling 61 minutes and two seconds in that said match where he tied with Kerby Raymundo as one of the PBA locals for most minutes played in a single game.
He finished with 33 points and 23 rebounds and only made two errors.
Now, the Batang Pier needed to prepare for another tough match against the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the season-ending tourney semi-finals round.
“I’m not thinking about it,” said Standhardinger, with regards to his grand slam bid. “Ginebra is an amazing team and, for me, the team to beat in this conference. We have to give our best. They have a winning culture for a long time. They are the established. We need to prepare good and play hard and that’s all you can do. Ginebra is a very good team and they are very well-coached. We have to get focused now.”
More than a month ago, Standhardinger was dealt by the Beermen via a trade in exchange for Moala Tautuaa.
“To be honest with you, I’m so happy about making top four with this team. We are a young team. We just got together one and a half months ago. This is huge. We should really celebrate that you are under the best four teams this conference. This is a huge accomplishment,” said Standhardinger.