Standhardinger bucks injury in PH's 3x3 World Cup opener

BULACAN, Philippines – Despite the fears and doubts over his injury, Christian Standhardinger suited up for the Philippines' opening FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 campaign and helped the team hack out a 15-7 upset over Brazil on Saturday, June 9. 

"I feel awesome about the first game because we won," said the Fil-German who put up 3 points on Saturday's game. 

Standhardinger was diagnosed with knee-related issues – patellofemoral pain syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome – last Sunday, June 3. 

The 6-foot-8 forward entered the court within the first minute of the game and made immediate impact by putting the Philippines up against Brazil, 2-1, with an and-1 play.

. @cstandhardinger is playing in the @FIBA3x3 World Cup 2018. #3x3WC @RapplerSports — Bee Go (@beebeego09) June 9, 2018 

However, Standhardinger admitted to struggling with his movements on the rubber court as the game went on. 

"It hurts a lot, but it didn’t claw up on me so we're good," Standhardinger said of his injury. 

Head coach Ronnie Magsanoc praised Standhardinger for his commitment to the team as the San Miguel standout showed up for practices for 8 days before managing to join the scrimmage on Thursday, June 7. 

"Everything was hanging in the balance but he indicated that he was all in," said Magsanoc. 

The Philippines will face 11th seeded Mongolia on the same day at 6:40pm. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.