Standhardinger shrugs off fatigue, leads San Miguel past NLEX

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CHRISTIAN Standhardinger provided the energy and inspiration in San Miguel’s PBA Governors Cup debut, a stirring 125-112 thrashing of NLEX Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 27-year-old rookie Fil-German opted to still suit up for the Petron Saturday Special game despite just arriving in the country a few hours earlier from Jakarta, Indonesia during the 18th Asian Games.

And Standhardinger never let fatigue got in the way as he produced a career-high and 11 rebounds in leading the Beermen to the victory.

Coach Leo Austria said the team was aware the 6-foot-7 freshman will be coming for the game, but left it up to him on whether he will play or not.

“But I know he’s a warrior. At talagang passion niya ang maglaro ng maglaro,” said Austria of Standhardinger, who arrived at the Big Dome just when the Beermen were warming up for the game.

The scores:

San Miguel (125) – Standhardinger 36, Reid 30, Cabagnot 23, Lassiter 14, Ross 9, Heruela 4, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Santos 3, Nabong 2, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0, Vigil 0.

NLEX (112) – Fuller 36, Miranda 16, Ighalo 16, Galanza 11, Tallo 11, Fonacier 5, Tiongson 4, Paniamogan 4, Mallari 4, Quinahan 3, Marcelo 2, Soyud 0, Gotladera 0.

Quarterscores: 28-26; 62-54; 95-79; 125-112.