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Christian Standhardinger leads PBA Governor’s Cup BPC race

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Barangay Ginebra’s Christian Standhardinger is making waves in the PBA Governors Cup as he remains on top of the race for the Best Player of the Conference award. 

In the latest statistics released by the league after the semifinals, the 6-foot-8 Fil-German continues to hold the number one spot in statistical points with an average of 44.2sps.

Standhardinger’s impressive performance has widened the gap between him and his closest pursuer CJ Perez of San Miguel Beer, who fell to 38.3sps.

This is a significant improvement from the eliminations where Standhardinger had 42.8sps to Perez’s 39.3sps.

The top pick of the 2017 draft has been a key player for the Kings, averaging 23.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. His all-around numbers have propelled the Kings to the season-ending finals for the fifth time in their last six staging.

Although two more Ginebra players, Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson, are also making a strong case for the conference’s top individual award. Malonzo, a high-flying player, is currently at third place with 34.7sps, while Thompson, the BPC winner in the last Commissioner’s Cup, is at number five with 34.3sps.

Roger Pogoy of TNT is sandwiched between Malonzo and Thompson at number four with similar 34.7sps.

The competition is tough, but Standhardinger’s consistency and remarkable numbers make him a strong contender for the coveted award.

In the race for the Best Import award, it’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Justin Brownlee who are leading the pack. Hollis-Jefferson is at number one with 57.1sps, while averaging 30.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. Meanwhile, Brownlee is behind the TNT reinforcement with 52.5sps (27.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 6.9apg).

KJ McDaniels of Meralco is in third place with 49.2sps, and San Miguel’s Cameron Clark is at number four with 48.7sps.

The competition is fierce, and it remains to be seen who will take home the Best Import award.

As the Barangay Ginebra prepares for the best-of-seven finals against TNT, all eyes will be on Christian Standhardinger as he continues to dominate the Best Player of the Conference race. 

Christian Standhardinger’s clutch performance in Barangay Ginebra’s comeback win against San Miguel Beer is a testament to the team’s refusal to give up. The 6-foot-8 big man’s go-ahead basket off a Justin Brownlee assist in the dying seconds sealed the 87-85 win and a third straight trip to the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Trailing by 17 early in the third quarter, Ginebra could have easily allowed San Miguel to extend the series to a fourth game. But Standhardinger, along with Brownlee, Scottie Thompson, and Jeremiah Gray, helped the Gin Kings will their way back to secure a result that coach Tim Cone found unexpected.

“I’m so proud of my guys,” said Standhardinger. “

I’m honored to be part of this group of people that we have. We don’t quit. This is something very, very special, to not quit even though you’re up 2-0 in the series. I’m just glad I’m part of this team.”

Ginebra’s win has given them the chance to vie for a Governors’ Cup three-peat and five out of the last six editions. 

Standhardinger believes that the team can carry their determined effort against the Beermen into the PBA’s grandest stage, thanks to the many great players they have.

“It’s just figuring out what we can do to play the odds and to play the probabilities right,” he said.

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