All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

All Hell Breaks Loose During Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game

Australia were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the match descended into farce after Philippines guard Roger Ray Pogoy lashed out at Australia's Chris Goulding with an errant elbow.

Maker, Kickert, Christopher Goulding and Nathan Sobey were ejected for Australia.

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

Basketball brawl: Australia Boomers versus Philippines erupts into violence.

Match officials spent over 30 minutes separating the players who had by then punched and kicked each other several times.

Fights were more commonplace when Triano was a player, before FIBA instituted hefty suspensions and fines.

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.

"Kickert was hitting our players during the warm-up", he said.

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.

Thirteen players were ejected - four from Australia, including Maker, and nine from the Philippines.

The Philippines were reduced to three players but, in further freakish scenes, play continued before two of those three deliberately fouled out and the match was called off.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore got on the front foot early on Tuesday morning, holding a wide-ranging press conference on what happens now for the Boomers. "They're bruised and battered, but there are no breaks".

"He is (OK)", Moldovan said. He's a tough one.

"There is vision of Luc Longley, our National Basketball Association legend taking a position of an Australian Wallaby and clearing a maul to get a significant number of people off him. I have never seen anything like this in all my years covering professional sport involving Australian teams".

You can see footage of the fight below.

"Serious measures would need to be put in place for me to feel comfortable to allow them to go there again", he said.

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