MANILA, Philippines—TNT giants, Poy Erram, will return to play in the PBA Governors’ Cup in February, coach Jojo Lastimosa said.
Erram, who featured in Tropang Giga’s paint job, missed the team’s opening match after having meniscus surgery.
“He underwent a laparoscopic surgery. His meniscus was misaligned so it was cleaned. It’s a very simple procedure,” TNT’s new coach said after the interview. the team’s 123-119 victory against Phoenix at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
“He will be ready to play at the end of February.”
At the Commissioner’s Cup, Erram averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 12 appearances. He’s the team’s top scorer behind only Mikey Williams, who posted a standard of 16.8 points per game.
While it may take a while for the defensive anchor to return, Lastimosa believes TNT can “survive” with the cards he has dealt.
“Right now, we will survive with this squad. I think we have a good squad that can win a few more games,” said the top coach.
The depth of the bench will be key in Tropang Giga’s much-awaited matchup, with the likes of Justin Chua, Calvin Oftana and import Jalen Hudson at the helm.
Hudson played well for TNT in paint, finishing with a brace scoring 34 points and 10 rebounds while Oftana won seven pounds along with his 17-point performance.
Although the rotation of the tournament was determined early on, Lastimosa reiterated that Erram’s return will not be a burden for Tropang Giga.
“We could have let Justin take the place of Poy but when he comes back we will be much better. We don’t have to think much about who we’re going to bring in to match the big boys.”