Blackwater big man JP Erram hurts knee, status still uncertain

Blackwater is keeping its fingers crossed that young big man John Paul Erram’s injury isn’t serious following an awkward landing while colliding with TNT veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-8 Erram grimaced in pain as he clutched on his right knee. Moments later, Erram was wheeled out of the court after being placed on a stretcher.

The Elite were holding on to a 34-30 lead with 5:33 left in the second period, when the incident happened.

Team physiotherapist Fro Labrador said Erram is still under observation. But initially, they suspect the former Ateneo slotman may have suffered a mild knee sprain.

“Further observe pa natin, nagkatamaan sila ni Ranidel eh pero titingnan pa natin,” Labrador told FOX Sports inside the team’ dugout.

Erram, who is playing his best game as a pro this season, felt something popped moments after being fouled by De Ocampo.

He left the game prematurely, having contributed 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals for the Elite. Erram was eventually brought to St. Luke’s Medical Center in E. Rodriguez, Quezon City for further tests.

Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin, came in to the Blackwater dugout to offer encouraging words to the vastly-improved big man.

Erram is actually part of the 24-man Gilas pool, which is currently preparing for the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran. – Richard Dy

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