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Australia-Phillipines FIBA game turns into insane basket-brawl

Australia-Phillipines FIBA game turns into insane basket-brawl

Basketball's worldwide governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.

A World Cup qualifying game between Australia and the Philippines was brought to a halt as an ugly fracas broke out in the third quarter with the Boomers leading 79-48. After Norwood and teammate June Mar Fajardo fouled out, leaving the Philippines with one player, the game was called with 1:57 to play in the third quarter.

Thirteen players were ejected, and the Philippines weren't able to finish the game with a full lineup as a result. We already restrained the players before the game.

Australian players Maker, Christopher Goulding, Nathan Sobey, and Daniel Kickert, and nine players from the Philippine team - Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Carl Bryan Cruz, Calvin Abueva, Blatche, Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright were disqualified.

A statement from the chief executive of Basketball Australia noted that they "deeply regret" the "incident". "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Moore said.

FIBA will run a detailed video review of the game, security and the actions of both teams, both coaches and the referees. "The Philippine basketball federation and the players are our friends and neighbors, but also a very tough opponent that we respect very much".

Thirteen players were ejected - four from Australia, including Maker, and nine from the Philippines. 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.