MANILA, Philippines—Ginebra’s Christian Stanhardinger is responding terribly to the squad’s massive man issues with Japeth Aguilar out and coach Tim Cone is taking discover.
After the Gin Kings’ lopsided 109-89 win over Phoenix within the PBA Governors’ Cup match on Friday at Araneta Coliseum, Cone lauded Stanhardinger who got here away with Participant of the Sport honors.
“He didn’t have the heavy minutes when Japeth was around. They were splitting time together but with Japeth out he’s getting the huge minutes and when we have to go to him, he’s responding big time. Big time,” informed the highest coach.
Apart from fueling Ginebra to its sixth win in eight outings, the middle additionally flirted with a triple-double with a stat line of 28 factors, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Rebounding, Stanhardinger mentioned, is what he goals to carry to the desk, particularly with Aguilar’s knee harm.
“Obviously, we all know Japeth is out so we need to come together as a team and compensate for the strength he brings to the team. One of those strengths is rebounding,” mentioned the 33-year-old Stanhardinger.
Nevertheless, he reiterated that he cannot absolutely do what Aguilar does for Ginebra, particularly in the case of the blocking division.
“I’m gonna be honest, I’m not gonna be out there blocking shots. Maybe that’s something I need to work on in the offseason but rebounding is possible, especially in my game today.”
In true Cone vogue, the veteran tactician made certain to acknowledge his function gamers that helped the Gin Kings (6-2) hold their maintain on the third seed.
“Von (Pessumal) played a great game tonight and he did Von things that he needed to do for us. Stanley (Pringle) played well. Guys coming off the bench played well, even Sydney (Onwubere) played well. [I] just got a really good feel for guys coming off the bench today,” informed the mentor.
“As much as we rely on our starters, they do need help.”
True sufficient, each Cone and Stanhardinger’s calls for had been met by the Commissioner Cup champions. The Gin Kings’ bench scored a complete of 31 factors whereas additionally outrebounding the Gas Masters in an enormous means, 65-51.
Up subsequent for Ginebra is Converge at Philsports Enviornment on Sunday.
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