GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin admitted he was expecting a lot more fans on the stands during the team’s tune-up game against Iran on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Baldwin said he was befuddled by the numerous empty seats at the Big Dome when the national team defeated Iran, 81-70, in the team’s final tune-up game on home soil before embarking on a lengthy European training camp.
Numbers as to attendance at the Big Dome were not readily available.
"I was appreciative of every single person in that stadium tonight. I was a little confused why more of those seats weren’t full," said Baldwin.
"This is actually a backhanded comment to a team like Ginebra but if Ginebra can fill that place, why can’t Gilas," he added.
Still, Baldwin said he appreciates the presence of the people who cheered for Gilas as it proved to be a key factor late in the game when the Filipino dribblers were able to hold off a late run by the Iranians.
"Crowd got into it. I was kinda hoping it was full. This is our national team. I think people should be falling all over themselves especially playing against an Asian giant in Iran. It was great that they got excited late in the game," said Baldwin.