Despite 2 hard-fought matches in the ongoing Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Rain or Shine and Alaska, fans chose to shy away from the best-of-7 title series in the absence of popular squads like Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Beer and Star.
Rain or Shine took the first 2 games, a 105-97 victory in Game 2, followed by a 105-103 squeaker behind Paul Lee’s mid-range jumper to beat the clock on Sunday.
The quality matches though failed entice the fans to fill up the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Still, Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin is convinced that the championship series between Rain or Shine and Alaska deserves a 2nd look.
“This (Finals) is a phenomenal atmosphere. It’s a great thing to watch,” Baldwin said, who has served as guest TV analyst during the first 2 games of the title series for Sports5.
“I’d like to see a full stadium and I’d like to see the fans come out because this is as good as it can get in the Philippines,” he added.
The 57-year-old Baldwin, who previously served as an assistant coach for Tropang TNT, went on to say the PBA Finals is the “best ticket in town”.
“I think the players deserve that (fans’ attention) and the PBA deserves that,” he said.
“It’s the best ticket in town and I think they should be swallowed up frankly.”
Rain or Shine was the first team to reach the Finals after disposing of powerhouse San Miguel Beer, 3-1 in the semifinals.
Alaska, on the other hand, subdued a tough Meralco side, 3-2 in their own semifinal series. – By Richard Dy
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