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Christian Standardhinger claims coveted PBA All-Star Game 2024 top pick anew

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TOP PICK. Barangay Ginebra’s Christian Standardhinger is the top pick anew for the PBA All-Star Game 2024 set in Bacolod City this month. PBA PHOTO

Barangay Ginebra’s Christian Standhardinger once again claimed the coveted top pick in the PBA All-Star Game drafting, echoing his triumph from the previous year.

The highly anticipated event, set to unfold in Bacolod this month, saw Standhardinger selected as the no. 1 pick by Team Japeth Aguilar during the official drafting held at the TV 5 Media Center on Monday night, February 26.

Responding to Standhardinger’s selection, Team Marc Barroca countered with a powerhouse move by choosing the seven-time MVP, June Mar Fajardo, as the no. 2 overall pick.

Aguilar and Barroca, as the top two players with the most fan votes, earned the distinction of being the outright captains of the two All-Star teams slated to compete in the festivities from March 22-24.

The coaching sidelines will be commanded by two distinguished mentors: Tim Cone of Barangay Ginebra helming Team Japeth and Jorge Gallent of San Miguel leading Team Barroca. Both Cone and Gallent secured their coaching roles by garnering the highest number of fan votes.

Aguilar secured the right to pick first over Barroca following a coin flip presided over by Commissioner Willie Marcial. Standhardinger, surrounded by talent, found himself in good company on Team Japeth, featuring Ginebra players Scottie Thompson, Jamie Malonzo, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Stanley Pringle.

The roster further includes Paul Lee (Magnolia), Calvin Oftana (TNT), Chris Newsome (Meralco), Don Trollano (San Miguel), Marcio Lassiter (San Miguel), Arvin Tolentino (Northport), Tyler Tio (Phoenix), and Terrence Romeo (San Miguel).

On the other side of the court, Team Barroca added three Magnolia players—Jio Jalalon, Ian Sangalang, and Calvin Abueva—to complement the towering presence of June Mar Fajardo. The roster is completed by Jason Perkins (Phoenix), CJ Perez (San Miguel), Robert Bolick (NLEX), James Yap (Blackwater), Jayson Castro (TNT), Gabe Norwood (Rain or Shine), Cliff Hodge (Meralco), Juami Tiongson (Terrafirma), Nards Pinto (Ginebra), and rookie Ricci Rivero (Phoenix).

Reflecting on the previous year’s All-Star clash in Passi, Iloilo, where Team Japeth emerged victorious over Team Scottie in a high-scoring affair, anticipation runs high for another thrilling encounter this year.

In a side event, the Team Greats vs. Team Stalwarts showcase added an extra layer of excitement. Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, recently acquired by TNT in a three-team trade, was the no. 1 overall pick for Team Greats, chosen by Barangay Ginebra deputy Patrick Partosa. Team Stalwarts responded with Kyt Jimenez as the no. 2 overall selection by San Miguel assistant coach Peter Martin.

With an assemblage of rookie, sophomore, and junior players, Team Greats welcomes Ganuelas-Rosser alongside Javi Gomez de Liano (Terrafirma), Kenneth Tuffin (Phoenix), Jerrick Ahanmisi (Magnolia), Justin Arana (Converge), Ralph Cu (Barangay Ginebra), Andrei Caracut (Rain or Shine), RK Ilagan (Blackwater), Alec Stockton (Converge), Gian Mamuyac (Rain or Shine), James Laput (Magnolia), and Shaun Ildefonso (Rain or Shine).

Team Stalwarts, led by Jimenez, features Stephen Holt (Terrafirma), Keith Datu (Rain or Shine), Fran Yu (Northport), John Amores (Northport), Adrian Nocum (Rain or Shine), Kim Aurin (TNT), JM Calma (Northport), Joshua Munzon (Northport), Anton Asistio (Rain or Shine), Santi Santillan (Rain or Shine), and Keith Zaldivar (Converge).

The stage is set for a basketball spectacle as these two sides prepare to clash in the All-Star festivities, promising a dazzling display of talent and competition.

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