A host of National Basketball Association players were involved in a massive brawl Monday night in the Philippines, as Australia saw its FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifier against the island nation turn sour.
Things went completely out of control during the World Cup Qualifiers game between Australia and Philippines with players (and not only) of both teams getting involved into a huge brawl.
The Boomers next play in September when the second round of FIBA World Cup qualifying commences and they will face home and away games against three nations out of Kazakhstan, Qatar, Iran and Iraq.
Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore issued a statement following the Aussies' 89-53 win.
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He also stressed the need for better security measures in these kinds of games, which saw some spectators join the free-for-all, wherein a padded chair was thrown at a player, another one was ganged up, among others.
"Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines".
Australian journalist Alex Hart tweeted: "What a disgrace".
Both benches emptied, with punches were thrown from both camps.
In a statement prior to Monday night's match, the Australian team, through Mark Bradtke of the Australian Basketball Federation, said it meant no disrespect and was just looking after the welfare of its players.
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The match finished in farcical fashion, with both sides happy to play the ball around at the back for much of the final quarter. Senegal and Japan finished level on points, goal differential and goals scored, and they drew in their head-to-head meeting.
It resulted to the ejection of a total 13 players in a scuffle between the Philippines and Australia.
The sight of a seven footer flying through the air in such a manner was both terrifying and comical, and he was duly ejected for his weird act.
The Philippines proceeded to intentionally foul until they were all disqualified.
The game continued with Gilas playing 3-on-5.
Moore refused to talk about possible sanctions, saying that the incident was "new territory" and that FIBA would have to organise a tribunal to investigate what had gone on before making a decision.
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