BEEFED up by former PBA players, the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) looks to dominate the 24th Asean Veterans Basketball Tournament that starts on Tuesday in Kuching, Malaysia.
Leading FCVBA’s campaign in the three-division tournament is the 60-and-above division squad, which is eager to reclaim its title it lost two years ago in Indonesia.
Former PBA and La Salle star Kenneth Yap and University of the East’s Julio Cruz will backstop the Eduard Tio-mentored 60s along with Rain or Shine’s co-team owner Terry Que, Jimi Lim of Ironcon Builders and Johnny Chua.
Other members of the 60s, which is also supported by Freego, are former Crispa player Bong de la Cruz, Ching Ka Lee, Zotico Tan, James Chua, Antonio Go, Danny Co and Israel Catacutan.
The 50-years-and-above team will be bannered by Andrew Ongteco, Jerry Gonzales, Sonny Cabatu, Bennet Palad. Achit Kaw, Gerry Tee, Robert Cabrera, Lawrence Chongson, Bong Tan, Ng Yuk Chi, Greg Po and Aldo Perez.
Tan and Chongson will also play for the 40s squad that includes Jack Santiago, Joseph Realista, Estong Ballesteros, Dexter Quan, Benny Cheng, Jean Alabanza, Lorencio Lim, Louie kaw, Braulio Lim and Francis Sy.
Before losing to host Thai team last year, the 50s ruled their division for five years, while the 60s and 40s won three titles each in the past five years.