MISSION accomplished for the Filipino Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA).
With the PBA legends providing the leadership and inspiration, FCVBA swept all four titles in four age divisions in the 25th ASEAN Veterans basketball tournament at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.
FCVBA brought down Sarawak-Malaysia, 93-59, behind the heroics of Gerry Esplana, Alvin Patrimonio and Allan Caidic to capture the title in the centerpiece 50 years old and above category.
The three other FCVBA teams had similar success.
FCVBA defeated ASABA-Indonesia, 70-51, in the 40-above category; Meteor-Indonesia, 68-55, in the 60-above class; and KLVBC-Malaysia, 62-55, in the newly-introduced 65-above division.
Last year, FCVBA also won all three titles disputed -- 40, 50 and 60.
Esplana, who was voted as Freego Jeans “Best Player of the Game”, played his best game with 23 points and six rebounds to lead the FCVBA 50-above team to a five-game sweep.
Patrimonio, nicknamed “The Captain” during his playing days, made his presence felt with a double-double effort of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
And Caidic, known in the basketball world as the “Triggerman”, added 12 points and six rebounds for the Filipinos in this five-day, five-nation tournament sponsored by Ironcon Builders, Rain or Shine, Freego Jeans and Philippine Airlines.
Former University of Santo Tomas gunner Silverio Palad and Tanduay Distillers president/CEO Bong Tan also played prominent roles in the lopsided victory.
Palad finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Tan contributed five points and 10 assists for the Filipinos, who led 43-22 at halftime.
Ex-Ginebra star Benny Cheng scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the FCVBA 40-above team over ASABA.
Kenneth Yap was the leading man for FCVBA 60-above team with a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds against Meteor.
Yap, who played for La Salle in the late 70s, also had two steals and two blocks to win player of the game honor.
Former University of the East mainstay Julio Cruz contributed 11 points and nine rebounds, ex-pro Noli Banate and Johnny Chua added eight points apiece, Andrew Ongteco had four points and seven assists and Eduard Tio had three points, two rebounds and one assist.
In the 65-above, Zotico Tan and Terry Que led the way for FCVBA.
Tan, at 70, the oldest member of the team, finished with 17 points and four assists, while Que, team owner of PBA champion Rain or Shine, had 11 points, three assists and three steals.
The Jimi Lim-led FCVBA 65-above squad also got ample support from Antonio Go (10 points, 12 rebounds and three steals) and Lee Ching Ka (10 points).
The tournament was organized by Edster Sy of Headstart Sports Academy.