Christian Standhardinger makes much-awaited debut as defending champs San Miguel takes on Meralco

ByAllan Lim

PBA Media Bureau

The Christian Standhardinger era is about to begin for the league’s most dominant team, defending champion San Miguel Beermen.

Fresh from claiming the Philippine Cup trophy for four years in a row, the Beermen embark on another title-retention drive, this time for the Commissioner’s Cup title which the team won last season with Charles Rhodes in tow.

With Rhodes, however, still busy plying his wares in Korea, the Beermen brought in 6-foot-9 Troy Gillenwater to fill-in for the former Best Import awardee.

Gillenwater, along with Standhardinger and the rest of the Beermen, make their conference debut against the Arinze Onuaku-led Meralco Bolts in the main game of a double-header on Wednesday, May 9 at the MOA Arena.

Despite all the hype surrounding his first game, the 6-foot-8 Fil-German is not concerned at all about playing time and insists winning is his priority.

“If I play two minutes in a game, I will be the best cheerleader as long as we’re winning and we’re winning championships. That’s the most important thing,” said Standhardinger.

“Like I said many, many times, we have a great team. My role is obviously different a little bit. I’m gonna be in a more supportive role and that’s what I’m gonna embrace because the most important thing is we win championships,” added the 28-year old Gilas center.



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