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.