PBA: No celebrations just yet for Standhardinger, NorthPort

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2019 10:56 PM

NorthPort's Christian Standhardinger attempts a jump shot against NLEX. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA—NorthPort big man Christian Standhardinger was quick to move on after their big victory over NLEX in the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.

With import Michael Qualls and Standhardinger leading the way, the Batang Pier clobbered NLEX, 115-90, to force a do-or-die game for a spot in the semifinals. Qualls had 39 points and 16 rebounds, while Standhardinger accounted for 24 points and 13 boards.

"Well, it was good that we won, and my teammates played tremendous," said Standhardinger after their win.

"But it doesn't mean absolutely nothing. If we lose next game, that means absolutely nothing," he pointed out.

The Batang Pier have had NLEX's number so far in the conference; they also won their elimination round game, 102-94. It was this defeat that started the Road Warriors' three-game slide.

Even though they have the momentum -- and their opponent is skidding -- Standhardinger said they cannot afford to relax.

"We just gotta be strict, we gotta recover now, and we gotta take care of business and try to give our best next game," said the Fil-German forward.

"This win means absolutely nothing for us. We just gotta like, start focusing right now for the next game, what we can do better, what we can prepare for," he added.

They are expecting another big game from Qualls come Wednesday.

The import was nearly unstoppable on Monday night, putting up a big double-double while brushing off a late scuffle with NLEX's Paul Varilla and Poy Erram.

"He played amazing today," Standhardinger said of their import. "I think that's his best game now for us, and I'm very happy for him that he's playing so good. I'm very happy for us that he's playing so good."

"But like I said, we need to try to repeat this performance of today and that's very, very important for us, or everything means absolutely nothing," he added.

Both NLEX and NorthPort are eyeing their second semifinal appearance in franchise history.

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