Standhardinger shows worth by clamping down Jones to give SMB 3-2 lead
While it was San Miguel’s import Chris McCollough who nailed the crucial baskets, it was Christian Standhardinger who delivered the dagger on TNT by clamping down prolific import Terrence Jones down the stretch to help the Beermen notch a 99-94 win in Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
What Standhardinger did was what most PBA teams failed to do in the mid-season tournament—stop Jones.
“I just try to do my best to help this team win,” Standhardinger said shortly after San Miguel pulled ahead 3-2 edge in the Best-of-7 series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We were right on the line of losing it but we kept on fighting. That’s what what we stand for—to keep on fighting,” he added.
Standhardinger, who was the top pick two drafts ago, has been making contributions off the bench but made sure he brought more than scoring by limiting Jones in the last minutes of the fourth canto.
Filipino-German bruiser made his presence was felt the most in the final seven minutes of the game, where held the Best import of the conference to just three points, all of which coming from the free-throw line.
“Coach puts me in and I try to give it my best,” he said.
“[Tonight], it wasn’t about scoring because we have many great scorers—it’s about playing defense and I tried my best to do just that.”