Tasked to defend one of the most ‘unguardable’ players in the PBA, Meralco backup Anjo Caram displayed brilliance on both ends of the court to deny Terrence Romeo and GlobalPort in their Commissioner’s Cup matchup Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Caram played the hero’s role for the Bolts, successfully holding Romeo in the final frame while banking in big shots to finish with 8 points, 2 steals, 1 assist and the win in 17 minutes.
“Naeexecute lang namin yung sa dulo, ready lang ako kasi alam naman nating dinodouble team nila si (Arinze) Onuaku so may malilibre lang talaga,” said Caram, who was awarded best player of the game.
Caram and Chris Newsome sparked Meralco’s offense in the 4th quarter, but it was the former San Beda floor general’s sticky defense on Romeo that limited the Batang Pier’s execution in crunch time.
“We know naman that Terrence is a very talented player, di mo naman siya mastop talaga totally, so ginawa ko lang yung best ko para mahirapan siya,” said the 26th overall pick in 2013.
Although Romeo still found his way to collect 18 points, Caram and the Bolts successfully extended their winning streak to 5 and remain undefeated in the tournament so far.
“Nung off season, nagkaroon kami ng maraming tune-up games para mawork yung team chemistry namin kasi slow start kami last conference so yung okay naman yung result nung off season, kaya positive kami na we could do better,” he said. — By Jason Mercene