Philippines - Australia brawl | FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

This is my House!!! FIBA in a statement said Australia and Philippines will face "disciplinary proceedings" following a brawl resulting in 13 ejections during the game between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia at the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Monday.


"Following the incident that occurred in the third quarter of the Philippines-Australia game on Monday in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, FIBA will now open disciplinary proceedings against both teams," the world governing basketball stated in its official Twitter account @FIBA_media. "The decision(s) will be communicated in the coming days."



Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore expressed his disappointment following the match played before over 22,000 fans at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
"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," Moore said in a statement that was posted in an article at www.nbl.com.au.
"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."
The game was halted at the 4:01 mark of the third period with the Boomers comfortably ahead, 79-48.
Gilas guard Roger Pogoy slammed into Australia's Chris Goulding, knocking Goulding to the floor. Australia's Daniel Kickert immediately retaliated with an elbow to Pogoy's head. Both benches cleared, touching off several fights.
Four players were ejected from Australia led by Goulding and including Kickert, Nathan Sobey, and Thon Maker.



Nine players from Gilas Pogoy, Andray Blatche, Troy Rosario, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Carl Bryan Cruz, Japeth Aguilar, and Matthew Wright were hit with disqualifying fouls and ejected.
Australia closed the first round of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers with a 5-1 record, its only loss happening last week after its stinging 78-79 setback to Japan.
Gilas, meantime dropped to solo second with its 4-2, its twin losses coming from Australia. The Filipinos though join the Boomers in the second round which begins in mid-September.

"But the reality is Kickert was hitting our players during the warm ups ... he hit Carl Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, he hit Pogoy, and he hit Calvin Abueva, 'during the warm ups' ... you can't expect to do that to a team for 5 times and expect they won't retaliate."
- Coach Chot Reyes
"Aussie team ripping our/Fiba logos on the court of Phil Arena w/o asking permission. We will not back down. Those stickers go in. Regardless."
- Manny V. Pangilinan
"I REFUSE TO BACK DOWN. I REFUSE TO BE DISRESPECTED. I WON'T BE BULLIED IN MY HOME COUNTRY."
While I do not like the brawl. It's very unsportsmanlike and people, including children are seeing 'professional players' act like that on live TV.
The Australians were downright disrespecting us. Before and during the game. I say they only got what they are looking for.
Ika nga sa ating pambansang awit. "Aming ligaya ng pag may mang-aapi ang mamatay ng dahil sayo"
Philippines - Australia brawl | FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers Philippines - Australia brawl | FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers Reviewed by OnePiece Times on 9:45 AM Rating: 5

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