Erram leaves mark for TNT after forgettable first game

Just like what TNT hoped for.

Poy Erram delivered the kind of game TNT wanted from him with a huge double-double outing in a 107-98 rout of defending champion San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Limited to 9 points and 5 rebounds in the first two games, Erram unloaded a career-high 27 points to go with 15 rebounds as TNT stayed perfect with a 3-0 record.

"He struggled in his first game. Now, maybe he knows his role already, how we want him on the team, how important he is to the team," said TNT head coach Bong Ravena in a mix of Filipino and English.

Expectations were high for Erram after TNT acquired him through a trade, especially since fans and pundits viewed him as the missing piece for the franchise to end its championship drought.

The Gilas Pilipinas big man, though, floundered in his TNT debut against Alaska on the first day of the season restart after picking up a flagrant and a technical foul that led to his abrupt exit.

But Erram has more than made up for that forgettable first game with a scintillating performance against San Miguel as he dominated inside, making all of his 9 two-point field goals.

Erram became the third straight TNT player to record a career-high in points after Roger Pogoy and Ray Parks set personal-bests of 45 and 40 points, respectively, in their first two games.

"Poy has adjusted so we're glad to have him playing like that," Ravena said.

Erram credited their team leaders for being in his ear to offer sound advice about how to keep his emotions in check.

"We're really working hard and we're really helping each other for all of us to improve individually," Erram said. "We trust each other as a family."

"The veterans, they're helping us, especially me, they're helping me because emotionally, I'm still trying to improve." –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.