Finals Game 4 loss spoils special night for Christian Standhardinger

Christian Standhardinger received his second career Best Player of the Conference award Sunday before Game 4 of the PBA Season 47 Governors’ Cup best-of-seven championship series between Brgy. Ginebra and TNT at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 33-year-old Fil-German, who won his first during the 2019 staging of the same conference while still playing for NorthPort, came home disappointed, however, as the Gin Kings absorbed a 14-point beating at the hands of the Tropang Giga thanks to a new Finals record 21 three-pointers made.

The series is now down to a best-of-three affair with the pivotal Game 5 set on Wednesday, April 19, 5:45pm at the same venue.

Standhardinger was the runaway winner of the award, accumulating a total of 1,110 points. The top overall pick of the 2017 draft emerged on top of statistical points (534) and both the media (506) and players’ votes (70).

TNT hotshot Roger Rogoy finished second with 672 points.

“It’s very, very tough on a night like when we’re losing,” said Standhardinger. “I would have liked that victory today.”

“But sometimes, you can never have everything you want,” he added.

The Brgy. Ginebra big man finished the game with 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists, way below his series averages of 20.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.

“To be honest it’s tough. Obviously, I’m feeling honored and there’s so much appreciation,” he said.

“But man I wanted, we wanted that win, it’s just tough to lose. We just have to bounce back now. It’s tough to lose in a night like this.”

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