POY Erram is so used to bad falls resulting in long injury layoffs that his latest mishap on Friday hardly scared him.
“Hindi naman (ako kinabahan),” the 6-foot-8 slotman, victim of torn ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) on both his knees, said after Blackwater’s 92-87 win over Rain or Shine in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup where Erram had an awkward fall early in the fourth quarter.
Erram collided with a Rain or Shine player while going for an offensive rebound and fell hard on the floor, hurting his lower back.
Erram went out with over eight minutes remaining in the game, but managed to return with a little over minutes left to finish the game and help preserve their first franchise win over the Elasto Painters.
And the 28-year-old cager can heave a sigh of relief after learning that it was nothing serious following a quick diagnosis by their physiotherapist.
Although admitting there is still pain, Erram can already joke about it.
“Actually sanay na ako nahuhulog,” Erram said with a chuckle. "Pero ang nasa isip ko, parang hindi ko muna inisip yung game. Inisip ko muna, ang sakit talaga eh. 'Yung pain niya, sharp eh, parang tinutusok yung likod ko. Actually, hanggang ngayon namamanhid pa siya.”
“Pero after nun, sabi ko, ‘Bahala na,’ kasi ilang minuto na lang tsaka gusto namin manalo, kasi hindi pa kami nananalo sa Rain or Shine at dito sa arena,” he added.
Erram anchored the middle as he tallied eight points – all in the first half, 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 29 minutes, but was glad his fellow big men stepped up in his absence in the middle of the fourth quarter.
“Blessing naman na kahit napa-upo ako, nagamit sila, yung ibang player, so blessing din na ganun ang nangyari,” Erram said.
Apart from getting the win, Erram is happy he doesn’t have to undergo tests for his back anymore.
“Ngayon, kaya naman kahit papaano, pero namamanhid pa siya, pero hindi naman na kailangan (ipa-check) sabi ng PT. Kailangan ko lang ipahinga,” Erram said.