HIS stint with Team Pilipinas in two international competitions has definitely made Poy Erram a better player upon his return to Blackwater for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The former Ateneo center said his stint with the national team in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia and two games in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers boosted his confidence and improved his leadership skills.
“Oo, malaking tulong ‘yun for me. Kahit papaano leader ng team. ‘Yung mga mas bata sa amin, naglu-look up sa akin. Kailangan ko controlin and sarili ko sa game. ‘Yun ang kailangan ko i-overcome,” said Erram.
“Umangat (confidence ko). Laking tulong nung experience sa mga teammates ko, ‘yung mga tinuro nila sa akin, nadadala ko sa team ko at naa-apply ko,” said Erram.
Despite fighting fatigue, Erram hardly missed a step as he finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in Blackwater’s 113-111 win over NorthPort for the Elite’s best start in franchise history.
Erram said the confidence has helped him shoulder more responsibility at Blackwater.
“Kung ano lang ginagawa ko (with national team), ‘yun pa rin. Mas malaking responsibilidad kesa Gilas kasi marami kami. Ibang team, ibang responsibility,” said Erram.
Erram was also glad to see teammates Nard Pinto and Chris Javier making big shots in the end to preserve the win for Blackwater.
“Sabi sa akin ni coach, ‘Mamaya ka na muna,’ sabi ko, okay lang. Lamang naman tayo, walang problema sa akin. Saka ayoko rin pilitin sarili ko kasi alam ko pagod ko. Ayoko na naglalaro ako, nandoon ako, wala namang nangyayari. Lahat naman ng teammates ko, kaya naman maglaro sa PBA,” said Erram.
Blackwater will now stake its perfect record against fellow unbeaten squad Barangay Ginebra in a battle for first place in the team standings on Friday.
But for now, Erram is enjoying the view from the top.
“Masaya ‘yung feeling na, for now, nasa taas kami ng standings. Wala kami sa bottom. Mag-celebrate kami saglit then focus sa Friday,” Erram said.