Decal removal may have started wild brawl between Boomers and Philippines

Posted July 03, 2018

The game was called off after the remaining Philippines players fouled themselves out, with Australia declared the victor 89-53.

Basketball's global governing body FIBA tweeted that the decisions from its disciplinary proceedings would be communicated in coming days.

Australia and the Philippines had a massive brawl in the third quarter of a FIBA World Cup qualifying.

"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight's match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila", Moore said.

Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore said Australian players, coaches and officials held genuine fears for their safety, and relied on help from the Australian consulate, in attendance at the game, to return them to their hotel.

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Toward the end of the brawl, a chair and a water bottle were thrown at an Australian player.

"He hit Carl Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, Pogoy and he hit Calvin Abueva during the warm-ups".

Roger Pogoy and Chris Goulding were jockeying for position when the former inadvertently shoved the latter that sent the Australian down.

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"We want basketball to be the victor". The game continued with just three players from the Philippines.

Longley, the first Australian to play in the National Basketball Association, raced into the Filipino pack and stood over Goulding, protecting him from the swarm of attackers. "5th time. You don't expect to do it to a team 5 times and not expect to to retaliate".

This, of course, was just minutes after they had engaged in a fight that included them throwing chairs at opponents' head and blindside cheap-shotting players.

"We find that absolutely unacceptable".

"The decision (s) will be communicated in the coming days".

Senators stand by Gilas Pilipinas after a brawl with Australia during a FIBA qualifier match on July 2.

Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled.

Meanwhile, prior to the start of the game the Australian team released a statement regarding the "peeling" incident involving it a day before.

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