ANDREI Caracut looked like a man possessed for De La Salle on Saturday in a game against San Beda, going 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc in one torrid stretch in the first half.
The former Red Cub later admitted he was motivated to play well in his debut with the Green Archers in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, more so since it was against his former school.
“Nung nalaman ko na San Beda ang kalaban, siyempre kailangan kong maghanda. Sa practice pa lang, go hard na ako and nag-extra shooting ako,” the 5-foot-11 Caracut told Spin.ph.
“Kahapon nga, matagal ako sa practice kasi binigyan ko talaga ng oras ‘yung shooting ko kasi malaki ang San Beda. Buti naman, nag-click sa game,” he added.
His extra practice worked as he finished with a team-high 22 points including a 6-of-8 clip from the three-point area. The Green Archers ended up losing to the Red Lions, 86-80, in overtime but Caracut made quite an impression.
The 19-year-old Caracut had a memorable career with the Red Cubs, winning the Finals MVP when San Beda won its sixth consecutive junior championship in the NCAA.
But like many others before him, Caracut made a move to the UAAP after his high school graduation, deciding to join La Salle for Season 78.
Caracut made it clear he will forever be grateful to San Beda despite not joining its seniors squad.
“Sa five years ko sa San Beda, sobrang dami kong natutunan sa buhay at sa basketball. Kaya nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa kanila,” said Caracut.
Caracut vowed to have the same kind of attitude even against other teams.
“Every game, dapat ganun ang maging attitude ko kasi college na ‘to eh,” said Caracut.