FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl

FIBA: Gilas-Australia match ends in ugly brawl

Things got ugly pretty fast at the Philippine Arena here Monday.

With 4:01 to go in the third and the Boomers up 79-48 on Gilas Pilipinas, a free for all broke out after an incident involving RR Pogoy and Nathan Sobey.
Pogoy shoved Sobey to the floor, triggering a reaction from Australian forward Daniel Kickert. Kickert landed a hit on Pogoy as well, igniting the brawl.
Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche went after Kickert, with both appearing to land a punch.

Gilas' bench was cleared in the incident as Pinoys went after the Boomers. Things escalated quickly and some water bottles were thrown from the stands towards the Australian bench in the middle of it all.
After the commotion, it appeared that Australia's Nathan Sobey took the grunt of the beating after getting hit by  chair thrown apparently thrown by a spectator. Jason Cadee also looked like he took a some direct hits.


A worthy note in all of this is the fact that the Australia bench was never cleared. The Boomers on the bench never left their area in the middle of the brawl.
That definitely factored in the sanction as only four players from Australia were ejected. They were Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Kickert, and Chris Goulding.
For Gilas Pilipinas, nine players were thrown out, Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Terrence, Romeo, Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz were ejected for disqualifying fouls, leaving Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Baser Amer to fend of themselves. The game continued but it ended with an Australia win by default after Fajardo and Norwood fouled out.
It was a climactic ending for both teams who had tension starting Sunday after the Australian team took out court decals, complaining that they were slipper.
The Australian Basketball Federation issued an apology before the game but the animosity didn't start there. Apparently, both teams already got into it durin the official warm ups.

To put things in perspective though,as of now, the Australians take over first place in Group B and will head to the second round with a 5-1 record followed by Gilas (4-2) and Japan (2-4).

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