PBA: Standhardinger Best Player, Durham Best Import in Govs Cup

Northport Batang Pier big man Christian Standhardinger won the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Best Player of the Conference, adding a major accolade to his basketball resume.

Standhardinger bested 4 other worthy candidates in June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, Jayson Castro of TNT, Kiefer Ravena of NLEX, and CJ Perez of Columbian.

The Fil-German stalwart was traded from San Miguel to Northport and quickly transformed into a BPC contender with higher averages of 22.7 PPG and 12.8 RPG in higher minutes played.

2019 PBA Best Import of the Conference - Allen Durham of Meralco Bolts (L) and 2019 PBA Gatorade Best Player - Christian Standhardinger of NorthPort Batang Pier (PBA Images)
2019 PBA Best Import of the Conference – Allen Durham of Meralco Bolts (L) and 2019 PBA Gatorade Best Player – Christian Standhardinger of NorthPort Batang Pier (PBA Images)

The 6-foot-8 slotman helped the Batang Pier reach the semi-finals of the conference, as they upset the top-seeded Road Warriors as the no. 8 seed.

Meanwhile, Meralco Bolts import Allen Durham was once again hailed as Best Import of the Conference, besting arch-nemesis Justin Brownlee of Barangay Ginebra for the distinction.

With monster numbers this conference, Durham led the Bolts to the 2nd overall seed after the eliminations, before the squad edged the KaTropa for another finals berth.

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