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FCVBA downs Meteor

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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DEFENDING champion Filipino-Chinese Veterans  Basketball Association (FCVBA) made it two wins in a row by beating Meteor Pontianak,  77-49,  in the 50 years old and  above category in the 25th Asean Veterans  basketball tournament  at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.

Bong Tan  and PB A legend Allan Caidic provided the 1-2 punch for the Filipinos, who proved too strong, too classy for their foreign counterparts. 

Tan, president and chief executive officer of Tanduay, finished with 22 points  with five  triples, while Caidic,   nicknamed  the “Triggerman” in  the PBA,  contributed 18 points for FCVBA 50-above team,  which  won its opening-day assignment against ZAAP-Thailand.
   
Tan , who was voted as Freego “Best Player of the Game”,  also had  seven assists, two rebounds and  one steal  for  the  FCVBA 50-above team.
   
Up  next for the FCVBA 50-above team  is  KLVBA-Malaysia at 3:15 p.m. today.  
   
Sharing  the  limelight was the Noli Banate-led  FCVBA 60-above team , which overwhelmed Hatyai-Thailand,  50-27, also for its second straight win in the  prestigious tournament  sponsored by Rain or Shine,  Ironcon Builders, Freego Jeans and Philippine Airlines.
   
Banate  came through with 10 points, eight rebounds,  one assist and one steal  to earn  Freego “Best Player of the Game” award.
   
Former University of the East standout Julio  Cruz  and Jose Lao added  12 and nine  points, respectively.
   
On Monday, the FCVBA 60-above team debuted with  an easy  42-25 win  over Sarawak Hornbill-Malaysia.
   
Tournament director Edster Sy of  Headstart  Sports  said  the  tournament resumes today with 12 games  -- seven at the Chiang Kai Shek gym and five at the Manila YMCA gym in Binondo.
   
FCVBA, headed  by  Jai me Lim, is hoping to defend all its three titles while adding a fourth  one -- the 65-above class.