FOR the entire Blackwater team, big man Poy Erram crying on the bench is a common sight.
So while the lanky center shedding tears midway through the third quarter of the team’s PBA Philippine Cup game against Phoenix on Wednesday night surprised a lot of fans, the rest of the Elite simply shrugged off the incident as nothing unusual.
“He’s a very emotional guy. Nature niya na 'yun,” disclosed Blackwater coach Leo Isaac. “Kahit sa practice may time na ganun yun. Gustong-gusto lang talaga kasing manalo nung bata."
The bone of contention was a play in which the Ateneo alumnus lost control of the ball and eventually turned the ball over.
The bench strongly reacted afterwards, leading Erram to think the Elite were blaming him for messing up the play. Failing to control his emotions, the 28-year-old big man was later reduced to tears while sitting on the bench.
He was later seen being consoled by agent Danny Espiritu.
“Nagkataon kasi sa kanya natapat yung turnover and akala niya sinisisi siya ng team,” said Isaac. “Pero kami naman sa team, kung sino yung nagkakamali, sino yung nasa ibaba, ay siya namang amin na tinataas.”
After some consoling words from his coach, Erram got back to business and submitted double-double numbers of 12 points and 19 rebounds to help Blackwater edge out Phoenix, 83-78, and stay alive in the fight for a playoff berth.
Erram finished 5-of-9 from the field, although he was an awful 1-of-6 from the foul line.
It was his tip-in however, entering the homestretch that gave Blackwater the lead for good, 76-75.
“I told him na walang naninisi sa kanya, and just don’t mind it,” said Isaac. “Kasi mawawala lang yung focus mo if you will keep thinking about that one particular play.”
“Ayun nag-sorry naman siya sa dugout after the game.”
Blackwater closed out its elimination round campaign with a 5-6 record and can get a playoff for the eighth and final quarterfinal berth should there be a logjam at the bottom half of the standings.