Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

World reacts to violent, abrupt end to Gilas Pilipinas-Australia game

World reacts to violent, abrupt end to Gilas Pilipinas-Australia game

Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

The 50,000 seat Philippine Arena was billed as a chance for basketball loving local fans to see Australian NBA players Matthew Dellavedova and Thon Maker take on their own leading players.

A largescale brawl broke out during a FIBA World Cup qualifier between Australia and the Philippines on Monday.

The remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.

Following a lengthy delay to sort out the penalties, the game resumed with just three Philippino players eligible to continue.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", the statement continued.

Four Aussies - Goulding, Kickert, Sobey and Maker - were ejected from the game.

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"We told them wag nang pansinin, focus on the game", Reyes said.

A basketball game between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas of the Philippines devolved into absolute chaos after Philippines guard Roger Pogoy & Australia wingman Chris Goulding got tangled up on a drive.

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Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled in the aftermath of the incident.

Maker is only in his second Boomers game and he is a likely selection for next year's World Cup.

FIBA has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines for the brawl, with the organization saying a decision will be announced in the coming days. That resulted in a forfeit with Australia winning 89-53.

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