FIBA World Cup qualifying game turns into brawl

Mae Harvey
July 3, 2018

Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after their World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier descended into chaos with 13 players ejected for brawling during the match.

Footage of a mass brawl during the FIBA World Cup qualifier between Australia and the Philippines has gone viral.


Goulding went down and Boomers teammate Daniel Kickert approached Pogoy and appeared to land a left elbow into his face, what followed was a violent brawl between players from both sides and some crowd members with some seen to be brandishing chairs, bins and other nearby items.

Gilas players Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright were thrown out, while Australians Chris Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker, and Nathan Sobey were also ejected.

The reaction in Australia and around the world was one of complete shock and disgust, with harsh penalties expected after some of the most disgraceful scenes world sport has witnessed for some time.

Several Gilas players couldn't avoid commenting on the incident despite a gag order issued by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. 'We didn't want (that to happen).

"We told them wag nang pansinin, focus on the game", Reyes said. Please respect the game and make our visitors safe in the arena. Let's show respect to our friends from Australia.

FIBA says a decision will be announced in the coming days.

Play was suspended for over 30 minutes while match officials attempted to review the incident. Unlike the Crimson Tide in that game, though, the Filipinos didn't put up much of a fight: Two more players fouled out, leaving them with one eligible player with 1:57 left in the third quarter.

A total of 13 players were ejected after the melee that began in the third quarter of Australia's 89-53 victory.

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