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Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games

National team coach Chot Reyes surprised many on Tuesday when he enlisted Christian Standhardinger as part of Gilas’ lineup for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Though the Fil-German forward has yet to attend any practice sessions, the outspoken mentor said that their past knowledge of him was enough to give him a slot in the Philippine team.

Fil-German Christian Standhardinger
“We’ve seen him. He’s been here for a few times, not with this group, but we know how he plays. We’ve been monitoring him,” he said.

Standhardinger will arrive in the country late Tuesday night and will immediately join the team practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Reyes noted that the inclusion of the 6-foot-7 Standhardinger will be a huge boost to the country’s frontline in the regional tilt, as he is set to team up with undersized big men like Kobe Paras, Troy Rosario, Raymar Jose, and Carl Bryan Cruz.

“I think we have quite a good lineup of big men. That was the biggest deficiency of having an all-cadet team, that we didn’t have enough quality big guys. They are all undersized, but then with the addition of Christian and Kobe, we were able to address that. Hopefully, that would be enough to get the job done in the SEA Games,” he said.

However, Reyes said changes could still be made with the team.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/253888/reyes-taps-fil-german-standhardinger

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