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Brawl erupts at FIBA World Cup qualifier between Australia, Philippines

Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas blocks a shot by Cheng-ju Lu of Chinese Taipei. Gilas won 93-71 Andray Blatche of Gilas Pilipinas blocks a shot by Cheng-ju Lu of Chinese Taipei. Gilas won 93-71
Jan Ortega | 03 July, 2018, 11:08

Bocaue, Bulacan-Members of Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers engaged in a "basketbrawl" midway in the third quarter of their 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifier at the Philippine Arena here Monday night.

Thirteen players were ejected with four from Australia and nine from the Philippines.

FIBA has already opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams.

With just over four minutes remaining in the third period, and the score 79-48 in Australia's favor, Aussie Daniel Kickert stared down the Philippines' Roger Pogoy and chest bumped him, sending him falling backwards onto the court.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore admits the sport's global governing body is in "new territory" as it assesses the wild brawl that erupted in their men's basketball World Cup qualifier in the Philippines.

Basketball Australia said on social media that all the Boomers team were safe and well after the incident.

From the Philippines, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Carl Cruz, R.R. Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario and Matthew Wright were all ejected.

"The way in which we want the game to be projected is severely compromised".

After a lengthy delay, the game continued, forcing the Philippines to play three-on-five, reminiscent of an NCAA basketball game between Alabama and Minnesota this past season.

Players from both teams engaged in an all-in brawl while officials charged onto the court to try and restore order.

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. "We have briefed our lawyers on that, as you would expect us to do".

"We absolutely refute that".

He said the incident has elevated their awareness of security for the team as they play global games in the future.

Following the game, both teams did not hold a postgame press conference as deemed necessary by FIBA.

Moore said Basketball Australia later apologised to the Philippines Basketball Association.

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