UNLIKE in past editions, the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) will compete in only one age group this time but remains confident to extend its dominance and make history anew in the ASEAN Veteran Basketball Tournament.
Having asserted their authority in all age categories of the annual event in the past—including the 40, 50, 60 and 65 divisions, the Fil-Chinese cagers are as determined and excited to become the first champion of the inaugural 70-and-above category that will be held in Semarang, Indonesia, from September 10 to 16.
Leading FCVBA’s campaign are Rain or Shine co-team owner Terry Que and Jimi Lim with former Philippine Basketball Association player Pol Herrera as the team’s reinforcement.
Before the event took a break in 2020 because of the pandemic, the team dominated the 65-and-above division after pulling off a 54-50 come-from-behind win over Hatyai in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
“We hope to become the first champion of the 70-and-above just like what the association did in various categories in the past,” Que, 73, said.
The other members of the Ching Ka Lee-coached team are Alfonso Kaw, Macario Co, Alberto To, James Chua, Reynaldo Chua, Charles Ong, Amang Santos, Johnson Lao and former Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association player Zotico Tan of Cebu.
“Just like us, other players from various clubs in the region are happy with the return of the tournament,” Que said.
The team leaves for Semarang Saturday.