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Standhardinger : After 2 years on the bench, it’s hard to get into your rhythm

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Debuting for the Northport Batang Pier on Wednesday, Christian Standhardinger saw action for 45 minutes, far longer than he’s used to at San Miguel Beer being the back up center for June Mar Fajardo.

Th Fil-German bruiser finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, helping the Batang Pier pull off a 127-119 shocker against the grandslam-seeking Beermen.

But Stndhardinger claimed that sitting on the bench for the entirety of his young PBA career made him out of sync.

“I missed a lot of shots (10 in all). After two years sitting on the bench, it’s hard to get into your rhythm, right? So I just try to do my best. The shots I took, I feel very comfortable with. Maybe I just need to be working on them and keep playing and they will go in and I think I can help NorthPort a lot more,” he said.

It’s essentially a statement game for Standhardinger, who lurked in the shadows of Fajardo over at SMB.

“I played in Europe, I played everywhere. When I played with San Miguel, I played, what, 16 minutes a game? I say that very respectfully, but I have to prove something to the coaching staff wherever I play. And I have to prove to them that I think they made a mistake.

Standhardinger whispered something to San Miguel coach Leo Austria after the buzzer but they both kept the exchange to themselves.