Boomers v Philippines Basketball Match Turns Into Massive Brawl

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

After losing nine players to ejections, the Philippines only had three players still eligible for play.

NBA star Thon Maker and Syracuse native Andray Blatche were involved in a huge brawl at an global basketball game.

It was a distance that the Boomers would use as a springboard to hold sway, 52-37, by the halftime break.

Australia was leading 79-48 in the third quarter when a foul stopped play.

It started with a couple of fouls by Philippines player Roger Pogoy against Boomer Chris Goulding, which saw Aussie Daniel Kickert retaliate by throwing an elbow back at him. If you happen to miss the next game because of suspension, that's a big thing.

When the decision was handed down, four Australians were ejected - Messrs.

Four Boomers were thrown out, namely Goulding, Maker, Kickert, and Sobey.

An elbow thrown by Philippines player June Mar Fajardo turned into an all-out brawl. The timeline for that process is not yet clear but Moore said Basketball Australia's immediate priority was the welfare of the team and getting the players home safely.

The match was supposed to determine the ranking of Australia and the Philippines in Group F in the second round.

Mr. Blatche paced Gilas with 12 and Mr. Fajardo had 10.

FIBA has already opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams.

"Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines".

Japan squeaked its way to the next round by finishing with a 2-4 record, edging Chinese Taipei (1-5).

Australia's Nathan Sobey (center) is shaken after getting hit by a wayward chair during a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams at the Philippine Arena Monday night. The act was caught on video and was posted by FIBA Central Board member and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman Manny V. Pangilinan on Twitter.

The incident escalated quickly and players from both teams got involved in a brawl. "We are hosting this game, and this is basketball". "We want to work with FIBA and the tribunal to get that outcome and then we'll assess our options from there".

"We ripped up the decals".

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