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Standhardinger shows mettle in HK Eastern's ABL win over Alab

MANILA, Philippines – Fil-German Christian Standhardinger is the future of Philippine basketball. At present, he is Alab Pilipinas’ bane.

Standhardinger unloaded the decisive blows as he powered defending champion Hong Kong Eastern to a 92-89 victory over Alab Pilipinas at the start of the ASEAN Basketball League at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Sunday night.

Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern. | Photo from aseanbasketballleague.com
The 28-year-old, 6-7 Standhardinger, this year’s top rookie pick, powered his way to 26 points, including a pair of crucial jumpers in the stretch on top of 14 rebounds, to help the reigning champions to gain a piece of the early lead alongside Indonesia’s CLS Knights and China’s Kung Kungfu Nanhai.

He also spoiled the coaching debut of former PBA star and Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag, who has taken over the coaching reins from Mac Cuan this season.

“If we only played with a sense of urgency in the first half, the outcome would have been different,” said Alapag.

Hong Kong blew a 15-point lead as Alab snatched a 74-73 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Author: Joey Villar, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/11/20/1760750/standhardinger-shows-mettle-hk-easterns-abl-win-over-alab

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