FIBA to probe Gilas, Australia after bench-clearing melee

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

The Gilas Pilipinas national team huddle up after their practice at the Philippine Arena. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

In a freakish aftermath, the game resumed after the fight and ejections with five Boomers and three opponents, then eventually had to be called off when two of the Philippines players intentionally fouled out.

Chris Goulding was leveled with an elbow, which was soon met with retaliation, with Daniel Kickert coming in and leveling a Philippines player with an elbow of his own.

Basketball took a back seat on Monday during the FIBA World Cup qualifying game between Australia and Gilas Pilipinas when a massive brawl broke out.

Maker, Kickert, Christopher Goulding and Nathan Sobey were ejected for Australia. The game continued with just three players from the Philippines before it was eventually called off when two more of their players fouled out.

The reaction in Australia and around the world was one of complete shock and disgust, with harsh penalties expected after some of the most disgraceful scenes world sport has witnessed for some time. Maker, a 7-foot-1 South Sudanese Australian who now plays center for the Milwaukee Bucks, was playing for the Australian National Team and Blatche, a former NBA player, was on the Philippines.

This, of course, was just minutes after they had engaged in a fight that included them throwing chairs at opponents' head and blindside cheap-shotting players.

Referees ejected nine Philippines players: Terrence Romeo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Tory Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright and Pogoy. We are hosting this game, and this is basketball.

There haven't been any fines, suspensions or bans stemming from this brawl, as of this writing, but you can bet there will be plenty of discipline handed out to players on both sides. "But of course, it's an unfortunate incident, we don't want these things to happen".

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