Published: Tuesday 03 July, 2018

Team Australia Issues Official Statement on Brawl During FIBAWC Game vs Gilas

A couple of hours after the ugly brawl the erupted between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Monday night at the Philippine Arena, the Australian Basketball Federation has released an official statement.

Gilas Pilipinas Australia brawl

The fight broke out in the middle of the third quarter. (George Calvelo/ABS CBN News)

Anthony Moore, the Chief Executive of Basketball Australia, said they regret what happened during the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

A bench-clearing brawl erupted after the Philippines’ RR Pogoy and Australia’s Chris Goulding got entangled during a play. Then, camera’s caught Daniel Kickert elbowing Pogoy on the neck. Gilas players then rushed to the court and the fight broke out. (Watch videos of the Philippines – Australia brawl HERE)

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“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila. We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it,” said Moore.

“This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball.”

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

Nine Gilas Pilipinas players and four Australians were ejected. This left only three Gilas players to finish the game. Eventually, June Mar Fajardo and Gabe Norwood committed intentional fouls to get ejected as well. With only Baser Amer left, Australia won by default with the final score of 89-53.

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