INCHEON, South Korea—Gilas Pilipinas was given a rousing welcome on Saturday night by Filipinos not just in this city but in neighboring areas as well.
The team arrived at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Manila) safely after concerns about their trip due to the effects of typhoon Mario.
About 200 Filipino welcomed the Philippine men’s national basketball team at the Incheon Airport, according to Philippine Olympic Committee first vice-president Joey Romasanta.
Even more impressive, Romasanta said, that some of the fans came all the way from Seoul, about a one-hour train ride to Incheon, just to welcome Gilas Pilipinas to Korea.
Earlier, Gilas Pilipinas team manager Aboy Castro hurriedly left for Manila on Friday to bring the 12 passports of the players back after presenting them to the technical meeting.
Gilas Pilipinas assistant coaches Tab Baldwin, Josh Reyes, and Jong Uichico arrived earlier to watch hostilities in Group B.
The top-seeded team among Palestine, India, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia will advance to Group E with Gilas Pilipinas and Iran.