SAN BEDA guard Anjo Caram may have been overshadowed by his smaller Letran counterpart Mark Cruz in the NCAA Finals, but he intends to have the last laugh in their personal duel.
The pass-first, defense-oriented San Beda playmaker has yielded the spotlight to Cruz, the sharp-shooting Letran guard who has attracted added interest because he happens to be the league’s smallest player at 5-5.
But the poise senior Caram brings to the point guard position as well as the solid defensive job he did on Letran star Kevin Alas has not escaped attention, especially of San Beda coach Ronnie Magsanoc.
Magsanoc was the first to pay tribute to Caram after San Beda's 62-60 win in Game One on Thursday.
"We have to give credit to (Ryusei) Koga and Anjo for their defense,” the Red Lions coach said after his backcourt pair held Alas to three points in the second half after the Letran star had hit 15 in the first.
Caram now wants to do more of the same when the Red Lions go for the jugular in Game Two, although he knows the Knights won't easily fold.
“We want to finish it bukas. Dodoblehin pa namin yung effort namin para manalo,” said the 21-year-old from Iloilo. “Gusto rin nila bumawi kaya hindi kami pwede mag-relax.”
And never mind if he loses to Cruz in their personal scoring battle. A hat-trick of titles to cap his playing career with San Beda is ample reward for the silently effective quarterback.
“Gusto ko gumraduate na champion,” the marketing student said.