NOT even his solid individual performance could stop Poy Erram from lamenting Blackwater's lack of effort as a unit that factored heavily in the Elite’s dropping a 92-83 decision at the hands of TNT KaTropa in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night.
The Elite star slotman was one of the few bright spots for his team, pumping in 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, eight boards, four steals, two blocks, one assist, and only one turnover in 36 minutes.
But the Elite failed to sustain their gains after a stunning 94-77 win over championship contender Barangay Ginebra last Friday as they grew overconfident and fell to the Texters.
“Siguro, kulang pa talaga yung preparation namin,” Erram said. “Pumasok siguro sa utak namin na kaya na namin yung ibang team. Nag-relax din kami sa dulo. Nagalit si coach Leo kasi hindi namin sinunod yung sistema.
“So next time, kailangan stick na lang kami sa system,” he added.
Erram said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac urged them to immediately move on, especially ahead of a game only two days later against GlobalPort.
“Sabi ni coach Leo, dito kami matututo. Simula pa lang ito ng proseso,” Erram said. “Dapat imbes na isipin namin to as a negative, stick na lang kami sa positives . Marami pa kaming game eh. Move on na lang kami at kailangan namin magpakita nang maganda versus Globalport.”
“Tapos kapag nagawa namin yun, makakalimutan na namin ito kasi panibagong momentum na naman,” he added. “Mahaba pa yung conference. So may chance pa kaming umakyat ulit.”
As for himself, Erram is eager to sustain his own gains and continue to anchor his squad down low.
“Continue lang ako sa ginagawa ko individually para makatulong sa team, kasi yung score ko, hindi ko lang score un eh, score ng buong team yun,” Erram said. “Tsaka yung teammates ko, tinutulungan ako. Galing sa mga teammates ko iyon, inaangat nila ako. Ganoon kami sa isa’t isa. Tulungan lang.”