Christian Standhardinger has promised to play in Wednesday’s quarterfinal match against bitter rival Korea.
The Fil-German assured the Filipino people in a video posted in the Kuwentong Gilas facebook page that he will suit up in the Quarterfinals regardless of the condition of his neck and shoulder.
The 28-year old, Munich-born cager sat out Gilas’ last game against Qatar due to severe stiff neck and shoulder pain which he suffered during the previous game against Iraq.
Standhardinger, who managed to score 16 points, including 10 straight to open the 2nd half as Gilas outlasted a stubborn Iraq team 84-68, admitted that he was already feeling the pain even before coming over to Manila and only aggravated it during the game.
“Somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop. And since then, I felt a lot of pain moving,” he said.
Despite the absence of Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo against Qatar, Gilas still managed to win and finish the Group Phase with an immaculate 3-0 record.
The Philippine national basketball team takes a two-day break before taking on Korea in a win or go home match.
Already without the injured Fajardo, the last thing on Standhardinger’s mind is to join him in sick bay and miss that all-important game. He vowed to play even with all the pain he’s going through.
“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” he added. – Alvin Borromeo