Jun 06, 2021

Erram hopes a different ending for TnT this time

AFTER falling short of his first ever PBA Finals stint, Poy Erram hopes to complete an unfinished business with TnT Tropang Giga with returning coach Chot Reyes on board.

The veteran big man is looking for a fresh start with the franchise after its Philippine Cup title bid last year in the Clark bubble was foiled by eventual champion Barangay Ginebra Kings.

The entry of Reyes provides new hope for the Tropang Giga to get back on top after last winning a championship during the 2015 Commissioner's Cup yet, according to Erram.

"Siyempre sa mga experience niya, sa mga players na nahawakan niya na, ang dami niya nang experience," said Erram of the 57-year-old Reyes, owner of eight PBA championships, half of which he won during his first stint with the telecommunication franchise from 2008 to 2012.

"So yun for me, ma-share niya yun (experience) sa akin, ma-apply ko sa game ko, malaking bagay yun."

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Erram played his first season with TnT last year following a three-team trade with NLEX and Blackwater.

The 31-year-old big man came in handy for the Tropang Giga, finally proving to be the missing link in the middle for TnT as he averaged 11.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game during the lone conference played last season.

He eventually played in his first league finals against Barangay Ginebra, but unfortunately, injuries to key players Jayson Castro and Ray Parks stymied the Tropang Giga's bid to end a five-year title drought.
Erram hopes it would be a different ending this year.

"Personal goal is to help the team any way possible para every game manalo kami," said Erram, who appeared in the sports program The Game.
"And as a team, as a group, siyempre yung pinaka-goal namin is to win a championship." (RG)

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