POY Erram admitted fatigue took its toll on Blackwater as it failed to keep up with GlobalPort on the way to surrendering a 101-76 decision on Friday night in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup.
Playing in their third game in a span of a week and second in three days, the Elite couldn’t get anything going against the Batang Pier as they played catch-up all-game long.
On the other hand, six days separated Globalport’s matchup against the Elite and their last game against Rain or Shine last Friday.
“Medyo pagod din kami, sila nakapagpahinga sila. Factor din yun,” Erram, who played 32 minutes, said. “May mga times na siguro wrong call, na-frustrate kami dun. Iba na yung laro eh.”
“Pero ‘di yun excuse for us,” he added. “Dapat ready kami kahit sino kalaban namin.”
Erram definitely felt the effects of fatigue as he had to take 16 shots – making just three – to score his seven points, although he made his presence felt in other areas with seven rebounds, an impressive seven blocks, and one assist, against three turnovers.
Apart from fatigue, the 6-foot-7 slotman also had to play with pain after tweaking his ankle in the first quarter against the Batang Pier.
“Nilalaro ko lang buong game,” Erram said. “Actually masakit talaga, namamaga talaga siya. Kasi kung di ako maglalaro, walang ibang maglalaro, so pinilit ko na lang talaga.”
His valiant effort went to waste as the Elite failed to get a rhythm as a unit.
“Di namin sinunod si coach. Nagkanya-kanya kami,” Erram admitted.