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    Poy Erram plays through the pain as TNT moves on cusp of title repeat

    Aug 31, 2022
    Poy Erram dunk SMB vs TNT
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    COURAGE and a bit of pain reliever.

    That kept Poy Erram going in TNT's huge Game 5 victory against San Miguel, 102-93, that moved the Tropang Giga within a win of retaining the PBA Philippine Cup title on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Erram was a game-time decision for the Tropang Giga after going down with a sprained ankle during team practice on Tuesday.

    [See TNT on the cusp of a PBA all-Filipino repeat]

    But he shrugged off the injury and scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win that gave the defending champion a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

    "Hindi ako sure kung makakalaro ako, pero inom lang ng gamot. Naka-apat na pain relievers yata ako para makalaro lang. Hindi ko kasi siya nararamdaman ngayon," said Erram afterwards.

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      "Pero gusto ko lang makatulong sa team. Sobrang blessed lang talaga na hindi malala yung injury at nakapaglaro pa rin ako."

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      Erram still favors the injury, but knowing the Tropang Giga are just within reach of back-to-back titles, the 6-foot-8 center said he's more than willing to play through the pain.

      "Sa totoo lang matatapos na rin naman, so sayang," said Erram.

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