Crippled Ginebra Kings Charge Towards Top 4 Finish with Dominant Win | PBA Governors Cup 2023
Despite losing many important players due to injury, the Crippled Ginebra Kings basketball club has been making waves in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Christian Standhardinger, the team’s import player, continued to surprise with his performance in their most recent game, recording a near triple-double stat line of 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.
Standhardinger’s steady performances and leadership on the court have been critical to Ginebra’s recent success. He has been stepping in for Japeth Aguilar, a crucial player absent due to injury. Despite the team’s difficulties, Ginebra has won three consecutive games, improving its win-loss record to 6-2.
Ginebra’s most recent game was against the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters. Ginebra seized control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back, winning 109-89. Standhardinger led the team’s charge, but he was well assisted by Justin Brownlee, Jamie Malonzo, and Scottie Thompson, who each scored 18 points, 14 points, and 16 points.
The performance of Ginebra’s bench players, who came up to offer important assistance, was one of the keys to their win in this game. Von Pessumal, in particular, was instrumental, scoring 14 points on four three-pointers. Coach Tim Cone lauded the bench players, saying they were essential to the team’s victory.
Despite the setback, the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters maintain a comfortable lead in the standings with a 4-6 record. Sean Manganti and Javee Mocon, both from Phoenix, scored in double figures, with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Ultimately, Ginebra’s triumph demonstrated the team’s tenacity and adaptability in adversity. Even though its main players are still out due to injury, the club has come together and provided excellent results. When the elimination round concludes, Ginebra is on track to achieve a definite Top 4 place and continue pursuing the title.