POY Erram insisted Blackwater has no more hangover from its upset victory over Barangay Ginebra over two weeks ago as the Elite continued its freefall in the PBA Philippine Cup since then.
Since scoring a stunning 94-77 win over back-to-back Governors Cup champion Ginebra last January 12 that seemingly solidified their status as a contender, the Elite went back to mediocrity after losing their next three games, the latest an 88-84 loss to Alaska on Saturday.
But Erram stressed their win over Ginebra has nothing to do with their three-game losing streak.
“Wala na yun sa amin, nag-move on na kami sa game na yun kasi ang tagal na rin,” Erram said. “Dapat mag-stick kami sa system na ginawa ni coach tapos mas magtiwala kami sa sistema niya kasi yun yung makakatulong sa buong team eh.”
Erram, at least, has been thriving in coach Leo Isaac’s system, putting up another solid showing on Saturday with 14 points, 21 boards, five blocks, two assists, and two steals, against three turnovers in over 36 minutes of play.
Still, the former Ateneo stalwart failed to lead his team to victory.
“Sa individual stats, happy ako sa ginawa ko pero yun nga, all in all, talo kami, para saan pa yung stats kung talo kayo, ‘di ba?” Erram said.
Erram also contributed in missing crucial charities that could’ve pulled the Elite closer down the stretch.
“Siguro yung sinabi ni coach sa dugout, yung usually na di namin ginagawa, ginawa namin today. Tumitira kami na di namin spot, yung mga player na usually ‘di naman duma-drive, duma-drive,” Erram said.
“Kahit papaano, ang positive naman din sa ginawa namin, kahit ganoon yung ginawa namin, lumaban pa rin kami, hindi kami nagpatambak nang sobra,” he added. “Kahit papaano yung defense namin, okay pa rin, natalo lang kami sa fastbreak at sa turnover.”