Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl

The Philippine Arena court. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

MANILA, PHILIPPINES-Basketball's governing body will investigate after a wild brawl between Australia and the Philippines, including Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker, broke out in World Cup qualifying on Monday.

Australia held a 79-48 lead in the third quarter when guard Chris Goulding was unceremoniously knocked to the court by an opponent.

Teammate Daniel Kickert's aggressive forearm retaliation to Pogoy's face then sparked an all-in brawl that included punches, elbows, kicks and objects hurled at players.

Punches and chairs were thrown as players and spectators got involved. That isn't out of the ordinary this time of year but, in the midst of a blowout in favor of Australia, things escalated into a full-blown brawl on the floor.

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 what happened to happen", Panlilio said, via ESPN. "We never meant to be disrespectful or to challenge Philippine basketball".

"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down". Please respect the game and make our visitors safe in the arena. We told them wag na pansinin, focus on the game. Let's show respect to our friends from Australia.

Play was suspended for over 30 minutes while match officials attempted to review the incident.

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

Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas, namely, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Carl Bryan Cruz and Matthew Wright were all slapped with disqualifying fouls. With just 11 players remaining between them, the two teams continued to play with Australia on a five-on-three advantage before two Philippine players strategically fouled out, leaving only Baser Amer and forcing the officials to end the debacle as a 89-53 Australia win.

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