Australia And The Philippines Basketball Match Descended Into A Mass Brawl

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Australia's Daniel Kickert took exception to the foul on his teammate and launched an elbow at an unsuspecting member of the Philippines team, setting off the free-for-all. Former NBA player Andray Blatche, now playing for the Philippines, appeared to throw multiple punches, while Maker came at a Philippines player with legs flying high as it continued.

The nasty brawl that erupted between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Boomers was an "unfortunate" and "regretful" incident that should never have happened, Malacañang said Tuesday. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", chief basketball executive Anthony Moore said in a statement.

"It's certainly a question we're asking and this incident certainly raised our awareness of security and what we need around to protect our players".

"What we don't accept is the action whereby fans and officials actually get involved in the fray", he said.

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After the match, FIBA announced that it had opened disciplinary proceedings against both teams, and Australia said it will await sanctions from the organization.

Maker was one of four Australian players to be ejected following the fight, which saw the third quarter play out with only three Philippines players remaining in the game.

Following the game, both teams did not hold a postgame press conference as deemed necessary by FIBA.

"Players and coaches were fearful of their physical safety, that's how significant the issue was", Moore told SEN radio on Tuesday.

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A total of 13 players were ejected after the melee, with television footage showing a fan punching one of the Australian players and another fan throwing a chair at a visiting player.

However, Moore confirmed the Boomers may have unwittingly riled the hosts by tearing up advertising boards that players had slipped on the day before the game. We are hosting this game, and this is basketball. We want to work with FIBA on the tribunal and get that outcome and then we'll assess our options from there. Maker, who played last season for the Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association, retaliated with a flying kick but missed.

"Serious measures would need to be put in place for me to feel comfortable to allow them to go there again", he said.

After the ejections, the game resumed with only three Gilas players on the floor in JuneMar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer. Fajardo and Norwood intentionally fouled out, leaving only Baser as the last Filipino player standing at the end of the third, forcing the referees to stop the game in favor of the Aussies, who won with the score of 89-53.

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Australian and Filipino basketball players can expect "significant penalties" for their part in a vicious all-in brawl, Sydney Kings head coach Andrew Gaze says.

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