MANILA, Philippines — TNT big man Puy Erum is set to return to action in the PBA Governors Cup by February, coach Jojo Lastemosa said.
Aram, who was a primary presence in the paint for Tropang Giga, missed the team’s opening game after undergoing surgery on his meniscus.
“He had orthoscopic surgery. His meniscus was out of place so it was cleaned out. It was a very simple procedure,” said the new TNT coach. The team won 123-119 Wednesday against Phoenix at the Araneta Coliseum.
“He should be ready to play by the end of February.”
In the Commissioner’s Cup, Erm averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 12 outings. He was the squad’s leading scorer just behind Mickey Williams, who posted standards of 16.8 markers per game.
Despite having to wait a little longer for the defensive anchor to return, Lastimosa believes TNT can “survive” with the cards they’re dealing.
“Right now, we’re going to survive with this lineup. I think we have a good lineup that can win a couple more games,” the top coach said.
Bench depth will be key in the waiting game for Giga trooping with bigs like Justin Chua, Kelvin Oftana and import Jaylen Hudson.
Hudson played well for TNT in the paint, finishing with a double-double with 34 points and 10 rebounds while Oftana grabbed seven boards to go along with his 17-point performance.
Despite detecting rotations early in the tournament, Lastimosa reiterated that Erram’s return will not be a burden for Tropang Giga.
“We were able to get Justin to replace Poy, but when he comes back, we’ll be a lot better. We don’t have to think too much about who we’re going to have to compete with the big guys. Going to add.
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