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FCVBA teams in big starts

  • Written by  Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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THE Filipino-Chinese Veterans  Basketball Association (FCVBA) served  notice of its title-retention bids  with  three  lopsided victories at  the start of the 25th ASEAN Veterans Basketball  Conference  at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.

Four-time PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio,  Allan Caidic and Jerry Codinera  made their presence felt  as the  FCVBA  demolished  ZAAP-Thailand, 77-49, in  the 50 years old  and above  division.

Patrimonio,  nicknamed  “The Captain” during his playing days, finished with six points and 11 rebounds.
Caidic added nine points.
Gerardo Tee , who  was voted as  Freego “Best Player of the Game” topscored for  FCVBA with 17 points.
Gerald  Esplana and  Silverio Palad  added 10 points apiece, while  Lucio  Tan,  Jr. contributed nine points  for a  winning  start for the Filipinos in the prestigious  tournament  sponsored by  Rain or Shine,  Ironcon  Builders, Freego Jeans and Philippine Airlines.
Equally  impressive were   FCVBA 40-above team, which humbled  ZAAP-Thailand, 107-62, behind the game-long brilliance of  former PBA  MVP Kenneth Duremdes; and  FCVBA 60-above team, which crushed  Sarawak  Hornbill-Malaysia, 42-25, behind the hot  hands of  former University of the East standout Julio Cruz  and ex-La Salle star Kenneth Yap.
Duremdes  topscored with 15 points. He was voted as Freego “Best Player of the Game.”
Jack Santiago added  13 points and  Benny Cheng  contributed 10 points for FCVBA 40-above team, which was never  seriously threatened after taking a  45-28  lead  at halftime.   
It was the same story in the 60-above class.
Cruz, who  also  earned “Best Player of the  Game” honor,   led the way with seven  points and nine rebounds for FCVBA 60-above team.  Yap had  six.
The  other scorers for  FCVBA  60-above  team are Joseph Whang  with  seven  points, Jose Lao with  six  and Freego Jeans owner  Eduardo Tio and Conrad  Siy with four  each.
The FCVBA 65-above team  of J aime Lim,  will  make  its  debut  against  KLVBC-Malaysia at 9 a.m.  today (Aug. 23).
In  other  games, Meteor-Indonesia defeated  KLVBC-Malaysia, 53-30, in the 50-above class;  and  Hatyai-Thailand  routed Brunei, 64-33 and  Miri Kinsar-Malaysia   dumped  ZAAP-Thailand, 63-46,  in  the  60-above category.
Tournament director Edster Sy of  Headstart  Sports  said  the 12 games will be  played today.