By: Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Officially listed at 5 feet and 6 inches, Ilonggo guard Anjo Caram of the Meralco Bolts etched his name in the record books as the shortest player to score 30 points in PBA history.
His efficient night against the Northport Batang Pier propelled his team to a vital win against one of the hottest teams in the league, 103-89.
The guard from St. Joseph School Iloilo knocked down four of his six attempts from deep including a staggering 16-point output in the final canto to fully take control of the game.
Since Baser Amer’s injury, Caram has seen his role expand with the team and hasn’t wasted the opportunity to repay coach Norman Black’s trust in him.
“I’m happy for him because he works very hard in practice; he’s a guy who has a great attitude, comes to work every day, doesn’t complain about anything. When we play him two minutes, when we play him 30 minutes, it doesn’t make any difference, he always gives his best so you have to be happy for a guy like that,” said coach Black.
Caram’s stint with Meralco earned him the reputation of being a pesky defender and a reliable shooter, an efficient scorer who doesn’t care about the volume of shots he takes as long as it’s helping the team.
“Focused lang ako this game kasi yung role ko sa team is to relieve Baser and nagkataon na this game, I was taking lang what the defense was giving me,” Caram said.