Standhardinger leads HK to win over Alabin Here is your first Forum Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:44 am
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Christian Standhardinger couldn't seem to do anything wrong in his ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) debut.Too bad for the crowd at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, the 6-foot-7 center's outstanding play benefited the opposing team.
Standhardinger finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds, as Hong Kong Eastern, the team that signed him prior to being picked first in the PBA rookie draft, defeated Alab Pilipinas, 92-89.To cap his game-long brilliance, he scored the game-winning shot -- a jumper with 18 seconds left that pushed Hong Kong's lead to 90-86.
After Ray Parks Jr.'s three-point play made http://www.officialhockeyusaonline.com/authentic+usa+28+blake+wheeler+jersey it 90-89, it was Standhardinger Eddie Goldman Womens Jersey who put the final nail on Alab's coffin with a layup for the final score."In a game like that, you can lose your focus, you can kind of lose your emotions, you can get frustrated but we kept working hard and we came out with the victory," Standhardinger said.
Wearing Hong Kong's road blue jersey, Standhardinger looked like he was playing again for Gilas, but in this game and this league his loyalty is clearly for club, not country."I love the Filipino fans. If they boo me or cheer for me, it's OK. It's nothing personal," Standhardinger Brandon LaFell Jersey said. "It's all good, it's all love."
Alab endured a shaky start, as Hong Kong Eastern unleashed its Big 3 of reigning ABL Best World Import Marcus Elliott (25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists), Tyler Lamb (23 http://www.authenticducksjerseys.com/Authentic-John-Gibson-Jersey points, 3 three-pointers) and Standhardinger, who dominated on offense.
But as the visitors cooled off, the home team started to hit its target.From 15 points down, Alab took the driver's seat early in the fourth quarter, 74-73, thanks to a three-point play by Parks.A 9-0 run punctuated by a Standhardinger basket gave the lead back to Hong Kong, 82-74, before Alab punched back in a rally that was doused by Standhardinger's two late baskets.
Reggie Okosa led Alab with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Parks and Ivan Johnson added 17 points each.After a one-week delay, Andray Blatche finally landed in the country to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The 31-year-old naturalized center arrived late Saturday evening and was fetched from the airport by Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.
Blatche was originally set to arrive last week but his Chinese club team had him play their final two regular season games in the CBA, delaying his arrival.According to head coach Chot Reyes, the national team will have two scheduled practices Sunday in order to help Blatche get up to speed.Gilas Pilipinas is preparing for its first pair of games in the Asian Qualifers, taking on Japan on Nov. 24 before hosting Taipei on Nov. 27. The team will leave for Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 21.