MANILA, Philippines – Anjo Caram's best game in the PBA could not have come at a better time for the Meralco Bolts.
The wily guard finished with a career-high 30 points in the Bolts' 103-89 win over NorthPort Batang Pier that fortified their bid to finish as the No. 1 team heading into the playoffs of the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.
Coach Norman Black hailed Caram's performance as "awesome," after the guard made 11 of his 15 field goals, including 4 of his 6 three-pointers. His 16 points in the fourth quarter already matched his previous career-high.
"He really gave us a big lift and pretty much guided us to the victory," Black said of Caram.
"So, I gave him a lot of credit for leading the team. He knew going to the game that Baser (Amer) was not 100 percent and Anjo came and really stepped up and made big shots for us," he added.
With his efforts, Caram emerged as the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 4-10.
At just 5-foot-6, the 28-year-old Caram became the shortest PBA player to score 30 points in a game.
Caram's exploits helped the Bolts stretch their winning streak to five games. They improved to 8-2, tying NLEX at the top of the standings with a week to go before the end of the elimination round.
The Meralco guard won the weekly citation over NLEX's Jericho Cruz, who also received a vote for scoring the game-winning basket as the Road Warriors rallied from 26-points down to nip defending champion Magnolia, 86-85.
Other players considered for the honor were Caram’s Meralco teammates Raymond Almazan and Chris Newsome, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon, JR Quinahan of NLEX, the San Miguel Beer duo of June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, along with Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee.
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