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    Poy Erram excited to learn from Guiao, veterans Taulava and Quinahan

    Jan 9, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    POY Erram is thrilled to learn from coach Yeng Guiao as well as his veteran teammates at his new team NLEX.

    While he was sad about leaving Blackwater, Erram said is looking forward to teaming up with NLEX bigs such as Asi Taulava and JR Quinahan and learning from them.

    “Medyo malungkot din kasi four years ako sa Blackwater tapos ‘yung mga teammates ko, lagi ko kasama,” said Erram, who arrived at NLEX via three-team trade that saw rookies Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter join Blackwater and Michael Miranda move to TNT.

    Erram is coming off a season that saw him lead the league in shot blocks with 1.93 a game and finish second in rebounding with 10.83 per outing.

    The 6-8 big man sees more room for improvement under the guidance of Guiao and his veteran teammates.

    “For individual improvement para sa akin, malaking tulong kasi may (Asi) Taulava, may (JR) Quinahan. Malaking bagay na nandiyan sila kasi ‘yung career ko, nagsisimula pa lang at ngayon pa lang nare-recognize. Gusto ko pa rin mag-improve. Ayoko naman i-let down ‘yung bago kong team,” Erram said.

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      “Kung ano ‘yung ginagawa ko sa dati kong team, ganun pa rin gagawin ko. Looking forward ako sa improvement at learning kay coach Yeng,” said Erram.

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      Erram said he has been adjusting well at NLEX, more so since he is already become familiar with the system of Guiao after his stint with Team Pilipinas last year.

      “Alam ko na medyo ‘yung play ni coach Yeng. Hindi naman ako nahirapan sa pag-adjust. More on kailangan pa mag-adjust sa bagong team, bagong players, at iba-ibang ugali ng players,” said Erram.

      As he moves on, Erram said he considers 2018 as the highlight of his career.

      “Thankful sa mga opportunity na binigay sa akin ni Lord lalo na sa mga teams at lalo na ‘yung sa Gilas. ‘Yun ang highlight ng career ko. ‘Yun ang pinapangarap ko, ‘yung i-represent ‘yung country,” said Erram.

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