IT’S no wonder Anjo Caram is having the best time of his PBA career. The third year guard is being guided by no less than one of the best point guards ever to come out of the league.
“Sobrang laki ng guidance niya sa amin ni Baser (Amer) at sa iba pang point guards (sa team),” said Caram of veteran and one-time league MVP Jimmy Alapag.
“Sobrang laki kasi alam naman natin si Jimmy Alapag ang dami niya ng napanalong championship at tsaka ang tagal niya na sa liga.”
Caram made his mentor proud on Monday night when he came off the bench and scored 11 second half points in the opener of Meralco’s Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series against Alaska at the Araneta Coliseum.
He fired nine of his total output in a fiery third period run that unfortunately, went down the drain as the Bolts dropped a close 97-94 loss to the Aces.
“Sayang nga. Pero ganun talaga, breaks of the game,” the soft-spoken guard out of San Beda said.
The 25-year-old Caram, a third round pick of the Bolts (26th overall) in the 2013 draft, is in his second semifinal stint as the Bolts also made the Final Four of the same conference last season.
But it’s only this time that he’s really making his presence felt.
The mere fact that coach Norman Black knows how to utilize him is one major factor. The other of course, is learning from no less than Alapag himself.
“May mga tips din. Siyempre point guard din siya and nakakalaban ko siya everyday sa practice, so may natututunan talaga ako lalo na pag binabantayan ko siya,” he said.
Is the ‘Mighty Mouse’ really hard to guard, he was asked.
“Mahirap, mautak din,” he replied with a laugh. “Matalino maglaro.”