Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Bucks’ Maker involved in FIBA qualifier brawl

Bucks’ Maker involved in FIBA qualifier brawl

Philippine and Australian players engage in a brawl during their FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier game at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila on Monday.

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

The incident started when a player for the Philippines decked an Australian with almost four minutes left in the third quarter. That would leave only 8 players left to finish the game as a 3 on 5.

Basketball Australia's Chief Executive Anthony Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident.

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Joint CP Delhi said that they are probing all the angles and are not ruling out anything now . Police are questioning neighbours and scanning CCTV footage in the area for leads.

The scariest scenes were under the basket where a swarm of Philippine players and fans crowded Goulding and teammate Nathan Sobey, the TV footage was blurred at times but some shots showed flurries of punches being thrown at the grounded players. From the Philippines, Japeth Aguilar, Jeth Rosario, Roger Ray Pogoy, Terrence Bill Romeo, Matthew Wright, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jayson Castro were disqualified. "This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball". At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision.

Commentator Shane Heal said the call to continue the game was "laughable".

The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as the referees assessed the situation, but eventually continued in ridiculous fashion, with the Philippines only able to field three players against Australia's five.

The game later resumed, with Australia cruising to an 89-53 win. Both teams were on their way to moving through to the second round when the brawl erupted. There followed flying punches, flying knees - particularly from Aussie number seven Thon Maker - and even chairs being thrown as the benches of both teams joined the melee.

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