All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

For some background, Australia and the Philippines (known in basketball as Gilas Pilipinas) are competing in the Asia/Oceania qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in China from August 31-September 15, 2019.

Normally this kind of incident descends into little more than handbags but that wasn't the case on this occasion.

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. The benches-clearing brawl broke out during the third quarter of the contest.

"We apologize to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down".

The incident started when a player for the Philippines decked an Australian with almost four minutes left in the third quarter. Should the Boomers qualify, Basketball Australia will hope he can serve any ban in the windows to come.

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Jason Castro (R) of the Philippines vies for the ball with Matthew Dellavedova of Australia during their FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier game at the Philippine arena in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila on July 2, 2018.

"While our concerns over player safety were pure, our actions are not representative of what we expect from representatives of an Australian national team", Moore said. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it".

As there was no immediate threat to the players the game resumed but in a tame form as Fajardo and Norwood fouled softly until they fouled out, thus forcing the game to end.

The teams from Australia and the Philippines were duking it out in a qualifying match on Tuesday when the two sides ended up devolving from play into a full-on fight on the court involving 13 players.

FIBA has opened disciplinary hearings as a result of the incident.

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