DEFENDING champion Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) completed a sweep of the elimination round in three age divisions in the 25th Asean Veterans basketball tournament at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym.
Former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes finished with 16 points, three rebounds and two assists as the FCVBA 40 years old and above team defeated KLVBC-Malaysia for its second straight win and the top spot in the seven-team competition.
Duremdes was named as Freego Jeans “Best Player of the Game” for the second straight time.
Two other FCVBA teams -- 50-above and 60-above -- also kept their perfect records at the end of the elimination of the five-day, five-nation tournament organized by Headstart Sports Academy and sponsored by Rain or Shine, Ironcon Builders, Freego Jeans and Philippine Airlines.
Bong Tan finished with 30 points and 10 assists as the FCVBA 50-above team routed KLVBC-Malaysia, 85-54, for its third straigth win .
Tan, also the president and chief executive officer of Tanduay Distillers, was also named Freego “Best Player of the Game.”
FCVBA 40-above team also won over ZAAP-Thailand, 77-49, last Aug. 22 Meteor Pontianak, 77-49, last Aug. 23.
Former La Salle University standout Kenneth Yap scattered 15 points as the FCVBA squad humbled Brunei, 82-49, for its third win and a sweep in the 60-above category.
Last Tuesday, FCVBA 60-above team o verwhelmed Hatyai-Thailand, 50-27, behind Noli Banate’s 10-point and eight-rebound performance.
FCVBA 60-above team also hurdled Sarawak Hornbill-Malaysia, 42-25.
Tournament director Edster Sy of Headstart Sports said the semifinal games in the 40-above, 50-above and 60-above categories will be played today with the No. 1 team battling the No. 2 team of each group.
The elimination round of the three-team 65-above category will also end today.