THE Filipino Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) leaves Sunday for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia determined to defend three of its titles in the 26th ASEAN Veterans Basketball Conference which starts Monday.
“The boys are eager to defend their titles but we expect tough challenge from the home teams,” said Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que, who is one of the association’s godfathers along with Ironcon Builders’ Jimi Lim, Freego’s Eduard Tio, Tanduay’s Bong Tan and Johnny Chua.
Chua said their teams in the 50s, 60s and 65s are formidable enough with the presence of several former PBA players with Kenneth Yap, Elmer Reyes and former Crispa center Noli Banate reinforcing the 60s.
Tan is also confident his team – 50-years-and-above – will extend its reign to three years.
“Bong Tan’s team is very strong but we expect the home to do everything to win especially after Malaysia’s dominant show in the recent SEA Games,” said Lim.
Backstopped by PBA legends Allan Caidic, Alvin Patrimonio, and Kenneth Duremdes, FCVBA also stamped its class in the 40s last year.
However, FCVBA won’t be able to defend its crown in the 40s for lack of available players.
“We can’t form a competitive team in the 40-years-and-above so we can’t defend our title this time. Hopefully, next year,” said Que.
Aside from Yap, Reyes and Banate, other members of the Edster Sy-mentored 60s are Johnny Chua, James Chua, Morris Lee, Conrad Siy, Julio Cruz, Andrew Ongteco, Danny Ching, Aris Franco, Danny Co, and Jose Lao.
Aside from Bong dela Cruz and Sunny Co, other members of the 65s are Achit Kaw, Antonio Go, Lee Ching Ka, William Lao, Johnson Lao, Lee Chin Sun and Jimi Lim.