PBA: 'Sweeper' JP Erram already proving worth for NLEX
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 02, 2019 08:48 PM
NLEX big man Poy Erram shut down Ranidel de Ocampo and, ultimately, Meralco
Clinging on to a two-point lead still with 11 ticks to go on the clock, Saturday in Antipolo’s Ynares Center, NLEX was not out of the woods against Meralco.
Poy Erram delivered exactly what the Road Warriors needed, closing the door on Ranidel de Ocampo’s shot at the rim and, ultimately, claiming for them back-to-back wins following a 0-3 start to the season. “Sabi ko nga, that’s the key play. That’s the winning play,” head coach Yeng Guiao told after their 87-83 triumph over the Bolts.
He then continued, “It’s as good as a winning shot for us.”
The fact that Erram came through with a win-sealing block was, apparently, already a given for the fiery mentor.
In fact, game-changing plays like that is why they traded for the long-limbed big man in the first place. “That’s really the role that Poy Erram plays for us. Alam natin kaya niyang umiskor, but I don’t know if people notice that he’s averaging three to four blocks a game,” coach Yeng Said.
He then continued, “I’m not surprised that he did that because that’s been his role sa team. We call him ‘The Sweeper.’”
Indeed, in his first five games for NLEX, Erram has already totaled 20 blocks.
And for them, that number will only keep climbing throughout the tournament.
So feel free to call the Road Warriors’ new tower by his new nickname – just make sure you know how it came to be. “’The Sweeper’ dahil winawalis niya yung mga tira ha, ‘di yung nagwawalis sa kalye,” coach Yeng, always playful, said.
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