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FIBA World Cup qualifying game turns into brawl

FIBA World Cup qualifying game turns into brawl

"Let's call this for what it is".

Maker, who is the most prominent National Basketball Association player involved on either team, was captured attempting to kick opponents and he was in the midst of it all.

An elbow thrown by Philippines player June Mar Fajardo turned into an all-out brawl.

"Hours later and my blood is still boiling".

13 players were ejected, including Australians Kickert, Goulding, Maker, and Sobey.

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. Holding a chair over him, the Australian guard was repeatedly punched.

"He is (OK)", Moldovan said. The game continued with just three players from the Philippines.

Big man Daniel Kickert added ember to the fire when he knocked down Mr. Pogoy with a solid elbow, prompting the rest of the Gilas players to come in defense of their teammates and engaging the Australians to a fight.

After a lengthy delay, officials returned to the court to announce the game would resume with 13 players having been ejected.

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On Monday, during a FIBA World Cup qualifying match between Australia and the Philippines, absolute chaos broke out.

"We deeply regret the incident that occurred last night and our role in it".

Both basketball organisations are awaiting penalties for the brawl. "The Philippine basketball federation and the players are our friends and neighbors, but also a very tough opponent that we respect very much".

Worldwide basketball is intense, physical and often tensions boil over in the form of hard plays or technical fouls but this night will stain the game.

Anthony Moore, the chief executive of Basketball Australia, issued an apology for his team's part in the ugly incident. "We never meant to be disrespectful or to challenge Philippine basketball".

For the Boomers, suspensions to Kickert and Maker will hurt.

Basketball's governing body FIBA warned it will open disciplinary proceedings against both teams following the brawl at the Asian qualifiers for basketball's 2019 World Cup.

Australia was up, 79-48, at the time of the brawl.