Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, Christian Standhardinger, is set to play for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the upcoming season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The was confirmed by the 28-year old Standhardinger’s agency, You First Basket, through a tweet.
— You First Basket (@YouFirstBasket) August 11, 2017
The development came as a shock, especially since not a few people were expecting to see the Fil-German play in the PBA.
The rookie Gilas player has endeared himself to Filipino basketball fans with his gutsy and fearless style of play, even drawing to comparisons to Marc Pingris and Rudy Hatfield.
In his first stint with the country’s national basketball team, Standhardinger submitted averages of 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds as Gilas finished 4th in a field of 10 in the 39th William Jones Cup.
He upped his scoring in the ongoing 2017 FIBA Asia Cup by averaging 15.5 points in 2 games. He didn’t play in the team’s game against Qatar due to severe neck and shoulder pain but promised to suit up for the much important match against bitter rival Korea in the Quarterfinals.
His addition to the Hong Kong squad will further strengthen the defending champions as he joins ASEAN Heritage MVP Tyler Lamb and World Import MVP Marcus Elliott as the team’s reinforcements the coming season. – Victor Adea