Brgy. Ginebra has presented San Miguel Beer with one big problem at the start of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals duel.
The Gin Kings intend to come out with more consistency and thus compound the Beermen’s concerns even more when they clash anew Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
Coach Jorge Gallent and his charges are sure to come out with more purpose to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole. But they must first be able to solve one major flaw in their defense, which is containing Christian Standhardinger.
Mainly with Standhardinger virtually unstoppable in the shaded lanes that freed up the likes of Jamie Malonzo for outside shots, Ginebra came away with a 121-112 victory at the start of the best-of-five series just last Friday.
Standhardinger’s outstanding performance prompted coach Tim Cone to veritably described the Fil-German center as the Kings’ lynchpin in their bid for a second straight title and fifth overall in the season-ending tourney.
“Christian’s just been playing great. He’s been making the right reads, making the right rolls for his teammates. Because of that it opens up the perimeter for us and Jamie and Justin (Brownlee) and Scottie (Thompson) were able to get their shots,” said Cone.
“No doubt about it, he’s been the catalyst this whole conference and we play through him at this point,” Cone also said before pointing out a lot of work still remains for them.