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    Weird feeling as Poy Erram proves a thorn in side of former team Blackwater

    Mar 17, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    POY Erram was the usual dominant inside presence on Sunday night.

    But now he's on the other side.

    The 6-foot-8 Erram had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds against his former team as NLEX ran away with a 122-101 win that kept alive its playoff hopes in the PBA Philippine Cup.

    The Team Pilipinas back-up big man shot 8-of-12 from the field and had two assists and two blocks in his first meeting with the Elite since being traded to the Road Warriors on draft day last year.

    While he felt strange going up against his former teammates, Erram said he has put everything behind him now.

    “Neutral lang, kasi trabaho namin ito. It’s either we win or lose,” he stressed. “Yun nga nanalo kami, so maganda sa side namin.”

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    Erram was the last original Blackwater player the team let go from its first ever roster in the 2014-15 season as an expansion franchise.

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    The Elite traded him for the rights to the No. 4 and 7 picks in last year’s draft, which turned out to be Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter.

    Erram said it felt unusual playing against the team that has given him a new lease of life in his playing career.

    “Nakakapanibago kasi kasama mo sila for how many years tapos makakalaban mo,” he said. “Pero part 'yun ng trabaho. So kailangan mag move on, kailangan focus ka sa ginagawa mo, focus ka sa kung ano ang nasa harap mo.”

    And what’s in front of Erram and the Road Warriors right now is a shot at advancing to the quarterfinals especially if they get to sweep their last two outings.

    NLEX carries a 4-5 record and will face powerhouse teams Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia in its final two assignments.

    "Tingin ko to be sure we need to win our next two games," said coach Yeng Guiao. "So kailangan lang namin na manalo ng dalawa para sigurado kaming hindi matanggal."

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