THE scene of Poy Erram and Beau Belga talking about a play has been a constant sight during the week-long practice of the Gilas Asian Games basketball team in the Philippines.
The Blackwater standout said he is honored to be taken under Belga's wings as well as the other players of the so-called ‘Gilastopainters’, being one of the three players who haven’t played under head coach Yeng Guiao.
“Malaking tulong sa akin kasi siyempre, matagal na siya sa PBA,” said Erram of the 10-year veteran. “’Yung nalalaman niya sobrang nakaka-overwhelm na gina-guide niya ako. From kalaban ko siya sa PBA, nakiita ko na talagang sobrang willing siya magturo. Ako rin gusto ko matuto. Sobrang natutuwa ako na gina-guide nila ako sa team.”
The 29-year-old cager said the entire experience with the national team has been great as it is also an opportunity for him to grow as a player before he returns to his mother ballclub.
“Malaking tulong ‘yun na parang in a way, kahit konting panahon lang, magma-mature ‘yung nilalaro ko at nakikita ko kung bakit ganun sila maglaro, na kailangan ganito ang attitude mo towards the game. Mga ganung bagay,” said Erram.
Erram played in the national team’s tune-up match against TNT where they won, 78-76, on Saturday night. The Blackwater star said Guiao lauded the team’s performance as it was a reflection of how the squad has been working together in practice.
“Sabi ni coach, sobra ‘yung time pero fluid ‘yung game. Maganda. Siguro sobrang guided lahat kasi nagtutulungan kaya ganun linaro namin,” said Erram.