Amid ‘very low’ morale in Gilas camp, Standhardinger prepares to fill very big shoes

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first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Christian Standhardinger, the 6-foot-7 stand-in for Blatche will try to keep some light of hope burning for the country.“I’m going to be ready,” the Filipino-German vowed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He better be.Not only is he anchoring the middle for the Philippines—a team traditionally devoid of a low-block threat in a frontline-heavy Asian hardcourt—in the Fiba Asia, he’ll also be pulling off double duty. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “I thought we had 12 days of practice and right, we have 12 days practice—except not with the whole team. We’re still not complete so it’s gonna be very, very difficult,” Reyes said. “That’s the tough part with this Fiba Asia. We’re going to go into a tournament, into a war and we’re never complete.”Still, Reyes is hoping that the individual greatness of these players will be enough to deliver results.“You know these guys. They never quit, they never give up. Hopefully, we can spring some surprises come Fiba Asia,” he said.Also doing double duty for the country is Carl Cruz, who will see action in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpuer and in the Fiba Asia.“It’s going to be tiring, but opportunities like this are rare. You can’t mind fatigue if it’s for the country,” said Cruz in Filipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Odom opens up about brush with death Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Standhardinger is also in the lineup of the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will do battle in the Southeast Asian Games.“I feel very honored that I’ll play for two tournaments for the Philippines. I think that means that the coaches like what they see or they wouldn’t let me participate in both. I’m going to try my best to help win us as a whole to win both tournaments,” Standhardinger said.Blatche made his official announcement via a brief Instagram post on Wednesday: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity, the love, and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join. I don’t expect for many people to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.”Standhardinger will try to fill in for the 30-year-old Blatche, huge shoes that are not easily filled.And he even doesn’t have time to prepare for it.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that the atmosphere in the national team camp turned dark after Andray Blatche opted to sit out the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“[Our confidence is] very, very low. I mean, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to fight like hell, but we have to manage expectations,” he said as the national team resumed team practices Thursday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img

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