CHRISTIAN Standhardinger truly stepped up for Barangay Ginebra in the absence of the injured Japeth Aguilar.
Crowding out the Ginebra center are the San Miguel duo of CJ Perez and June Mar Fajardo at second and third place, respectively.
The Fil-German big man shot up on top of the race for the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup after taking over as the main option of the Kings at the low block following the MCL sprain suffered by Aguilar.
Standhardinger accumulated 42.8 statistical points by the end of the eliminations, built around solid numbers of 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in nine games played to help the reigning champions take the no. 3 seed heading into the playoffs.
This marks the second time the former no. 1 overall pick is in strong contention for the conference's highest individual honor since winning the award in the 2019 Governors' Cup while still with NorthPort.
Standhardinger was also adjudged Finals MVP of the last Commissioner's Cup which Ginebra won at the expense of guest team Bay Area Dragons.
Perez tallied 39.3sps (20.7 ppg. 6.7rpg. and 4.4 apg), while Fajardo posted 37.6sps while leading the league in rebounding with an average of 12.8 before going out with an MCL injury.
Two TNT Tropang Giga occupied the fourth and fifth spots behind Calvin Oftana (36.1sps) and Roger Pogoy (35.8sps).
Completing the Top 10 are Barangay Ginebra's Jamie Malonzo (33.5sps), scoring leader Juami Tiongson of Terrafirma with 33.30sps and a league-best 25.6 points average, Maverick Ahanmisi of Converge (33.27sps), Magnolia's Calvin Abueva (32.6sps), and TNT sophomore Mikee Williams (32.5sps).
Rookie Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser who leads the block shots department with 2.1 per game, ranks no. 11 with 31.6sps in a tie with reigning MVP Scottie Thompson, the BPC winner of the Commissioner's Cup. (RG)