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.