Poy Erram is currently enjoying a resurgence in the ongoing 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
The 27-year old center out of Ateneo de Manila University was named to the Gilas Pilipinas pool two years ago but his stint with the national team was derailed after he suffered a career-threatening Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury that kept him out of action for almost a year.
And now that he’s physically able, Erram is craving for another crack at serving the country.
“Oo naman, kahit naman siguro sino, talagang gusto maglaro for the country. Yun talaga yung pinakahihintay ko. Yun nga, nasayang, nawala yung chance ko before, pero hindi ko pa rin tinatanggal sa sarili ko na, malay mo, may call-up na dumating,” said Erram during an interview with SPIN.ph.
With the recent decision of the PBA Board of Governors’ to lift the limit on number of players per team that can simultaneously suit up for Gilas, Erram is hoping to join Blackwater teammates Mac Belo and Allein Maliksi in playing for flag ang country.
“Kung bibigyan ko ng chance, syempre tatanggapin ko talaga yun. Pero habang wala pa, naka-focus muna ako sa team namin, kasi mas kailangan ako ng team, lalo ngayon na kailangan namin ng mga panalo para makapasok sa playoffs,” added Erram.
And with the way the 6-foot-7 native of Cagayan de Oro is playing lately, he certainly deserves another shot. He is currently averaging 14.1 points, 12.8 boards, 3.5 blocks, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 8 games, with 2 of his 3 most productive outings coming against the tallest and most dominant centers in the league, Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo.
Blackwater may be in the bottom rung of the standings with a 3-5 record but 2 of those wins came from the protagonists of last season’s Philippine Cup Finals, three-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen and back-to-back Governors’ Cup champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel.
The wins against big time teams are enough proof that the Elite are serious title contenders this season. And while players like Belo, Maliksi and even rookie Raymar Jose deserve credit, the come-backing Poy Erram is undeniably the barometer of the team.