Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

Chairs were even thrown from the bench as everyone got involved.

"I've never seen anything like it".

"Hours later and my blood is still boiling".

In the end, 13 players were ejected.

If not for Boomers assistant coach Luc Longley performing a vintage ruck clean out, the situation could have had far worse consequences. Chris Goulding is under a pack of officials and players.

"This is very hard to watch".

The brawl was sparked when Ron Artest fouled Detroit's Ben Wallace, with Artest suspended for the remainder of the season, a sanction that saw him sit out 73 games and cost him about $US7m in lost wages.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker flew towards a Philippines player with his knee, while former National Basketball Association star Andray Blatche of the Philippines appeared to throw several punches at Australian players.

Teammate Daniel Kickert responded by elbowing a Philippines player in the head prompting a huge punch up.

Nine players from the Philippines, along with four from Australia, were ultimately ejected, leaving the home team with just three players on the court.

Basketball Australia's Chief Executive Anthony Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident.

At least 3 senators stood by Gilas Pilipinas after its brawl with Australia during a FIBA World Cup Qualifier match held on Monday, July 2.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it".

Both basketball organisations are awaiting penalties for the brawl.

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"The most alarming part to us was that it escalated out of the players' side, into fans and officials". Punches were thrown and fans and officials were also caught up in the ugly melee.

The teams are competing in the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Philippines proceeded to intentionally foul until they were all disqualified.

"We want basketball to be the victor". Kickert is a model professional with an excellent disciplinary record, hopefully that is taken into account.

During a closed-door practice on Sunday, the Australian team took liberty in peeling off FIBA-approved decals on the floor over "safety concerns" for its players.

Both teams are in position to advance to the next round. Australia was leading 79-48 in the third quarter when a foul stopped play.

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