CAMILLE Ramos scored De La Salle’s final basket — her only point of the game — during Game Three of the UAAP Season 76 women’s basketball finals, putting a fitting end to her college career.
After making the basket, a weeping Ramos was swarmed by her teammates as the Lady Archers wrapped up a 69-61 win over National University for their first league championship since 2002.
No one was prouder of the sight than Camille's father, Barako Bull head coach Bong Ramos.
“I’m proud,” said the elder Ramos. “Dream ko rin para sa kanya na sa five years niya sa La Salle, makapag-champion siya kahit isa. Pinag-pray ko ‘yun.”
Basketball appeared to be a natural calling for Camille, but Bong Ramos bared that contrary to perception he didn’t teach how to play. Neither did he push his daughter to take up the sport, he added.
All he remembered was bringing his daughter to practices when he was the coach of the Batangas Blades and the Manila Metrostars in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
He in fact had no inkling that Camille was takiing up the sport seriously - until one day back when Ramos was still coaching in Indonesia and came to pick up her daughter from school during one vacation.
“Nagulat na lang ako isang beses, sinundo ko siya sa school, sabi ng driver sa akin na kailangan namin siyang puntahan sa loob ng basketball court,” said the veteran coach.
“Nung nakita ko sa court, may nakita akong mga bata naglalaro na puro lalake, may isang nakapalda na balat pa ‘yung sapatos.”
It was her daughter Camille.
“Paguwi, sabi niya sa akin na kung puwede ko ba siyang ipasok sa school na may women’s basketball team. Kaya ko siya pinasok sa St. Scholastica’s College nung high school,” Ramos recalled.
Ramos said that he only gave a few pointers to her daughter every now and then.
“Kapag napapanood ko lang, nasabihan ko lang na ganito dapat, pero hanggang doon lang,” Ramos said.
Camille later transferred to De La Salle to play college ball, shedding tears when she achieved her dream of winning a championship for the school right in her final season.
Now 20, Camille is ready to move to the next phase phase of her life although she has received an invitation from the national women's team, his dad said.
“Pero tingin ko, gusto na rin niya mag-work. Kaya nga siya umiyak kasi baka last game na niya,” Ramos said.