THE Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association launched its title drive on a winning note by humbling Asaba of Indonesia 30-21 in the opening of the Asean Veterans Basketball tournament Monday at the Chiang Mai Sports Complex in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Former Philippine team standout Roberto Poblete made his FCVBA debut memorable by leading the team with 14 points, most of them in the third frame where the Fil-Chinese seniors pulled away for good.
Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que also contributed significant numbers by adding eight points and three assists as the Elmer Reyes-mentored FCVBA made known its desire to regain the title it lost last year in Hatyai.
“We hope we can build enough momentum from this win,” said Ironcon Builders owner Jimi Lim, who along with Que bankrolled the participation of the association’s 65-above team in the annual tournament.
Former Crispa player Joel Gomez scored only two points in five tries but his lone basket pushed FCVBA beyond Asaba’s reach as the Fil-Chinese seniors took a 30-15 advantage with just three minutes remaining.
The rousing opening game win was a fitting gift to former another Crispa player in Bong dela Cruz who turned 67.