Gilas players ejected after brawl with Australia


After a lengthy delay, the game continued, forcing the Philippines to play three-on-five, reminiscent of an NCAA basketball game between Alabama and Minnesota this past season.

The incident, which occurred with four minutes left in the third quarter in the match in Bulacan province, north of Manila, came when a hard foul by a Philippines player was followed by a nasty-looking elbow from Australia's Daniel Kickert.

Basketball Australia's Chief Executive Anthony Moore issued a statement following the match to apologise for the Boomers' involvement in the violent incident. This is assault! Spats and occasionally fights happen in a game, but for a bench to clear and players, support staff, arena employees to start kicking, stomping, throwing chairs - it is ASSAULT!

"Basketball's global governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines".

We also want to have a safe but respectful environment.

A disciplinary investigation has been opened by the International Basketball Federation who host the FIBA World Cup, taking place next August.

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Australian and Philippines players brawl on court. We didn't want what happened to happen. While we accept our role in the incident, what we don't accept is when fans and officials get involved.

Moldovan said he had seen his fair share of on-court fights in his time - but nothing like this.

Reaching players from both teams as they head back to their club sides could slow the FIBA proceedings, especially with so many people facing action.

The ejection of the nine players left the Nationals with just veterans Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo, and the debuting Baser Amer.

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

The Philippines, Japan and Indonesia will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup and Moore admitted the Philippines Basketball Association would face some stern questions from FIBA about how they could manage such a tournament. The home side fouled themselves out until only one player remained, triggering the game's abandonment.