Future SMB rookie Christian Standhardinger continues to wreak havoc in the ABL

ByAllan Lim

While he is yet to play in the Philippine Basketball Association, the Filipino German sensation is wasting no time showing why he looms to be the next big threat in the pro-ranks.

Unfortunately for the other teams, Standhardinger happened to land in the San Miguel camp after a blockbuster trade to form a daunting and towering duo alongside no less than four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.

Standhardinger showcased yet another all around performance for his Asean Basketball League team Hongkong Eastern with a monstrous 18-point, 10-rebound, two-assist, two-steal and two-block performance in their 81-77 road win against the Slingers in Singapore.

That feat came to fore just days after his 40-point and 17-rebound eruption in their win against the Mono Vampires.

Don’t look now but defending champion Hongkong is yet to suffer a loss at 4-0 with none other than Standhardinger leading the way against the much taller and skilled foreign imports.

In the season opener back in October against the Philippine representative Alab Pilipinas, it was also Standhardinger who delivered the most lethal blows on the home team scoring six crucial points in the waning moments for a 92-89 Hongkong win.

The former Gilas player went on to finish with 26 markers, 16 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals.

It is his debut year in the ABL and he has taken this league in storm just like that.

It will be unimaginable how he will fare in the PBA especially with another giant in Fajardo by his side.

SMB remains to the consensus team to beat almost every conference. With Standhardinger, nothing’s going to change.

The Beermen dynasty looms. And there’s no sign of it ending anytime soon.

Standhardiner will be able to play for SMB in the mid-season after his ABL contract with Hongkong.

No worries for SMB though, just leave it to Fajardo and company. After all, they are three-time reigning Philippine Cup champions.