Christian Standhardinger and Allen Durham came away with the individual awards for this season’s Governors’ Cup after leading their respective teams to deep Playoff runs.
Standhardinger was unleashed this conference, playing to his full potential after being traded from the San Miguel Beermen to the NorthPort Batang Pier. With the Beermen, he played sparingly, scoring less than six points and grabbing less than four rebounds in a back-up role.
After the trade, Standhardinger put up 22.7 points and 12.8 rebounds per game for the Batang Pier. More than the individual numbers, he also found team success with NorthPort. Standhardinger led his team back to the Playoffs as an eighth seed. They were able to pull off a huge upset over the top-seeded NLEX Road Warriors and made it to the Semifinals where they fell to Barangay Ginebra.
Standhardinger earned the first Best Player of the Conference award of his career, finishing with a 1,011 points to lead all nominees. His former teammate June Mar Fajardo finished in second with 657 points, followed by last conference’s BPC, Jayson Castro with 615 points. CJ Perez and Kiefer Ravena rounded out the top five players of this conference.
The other award of the night went to Allen Durham who took home his third Best Import award, besting Justin Brownlee, KJ McDaniels and Michael Qualls.
Durham led the Bolts to the second seed and eventually a return trip to the Finals as Meralco’s main weapon this conference. He finished with monster numbers, averaging 29.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. His opponent in the Finals, Brownlee finished in second while McDaniels and Qualls finished in third and fourth after compiling the total points.