Gilas players invited by PBA after riot-marred game against Australia

Gilas players invited by PBA after riot-marred game against Australia

Javier Howell
July 3, 2018

Bocaue, Bulacan-Members of Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers engaged in a "basketbrawl" midway in the third quarter of their 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifier at the Philippine Arena here Monday night.

A wild brawl has seen Australia's FIBA World Cup qualifying clash with the Philippines abandoned early, after no fewer than 13 players were ejected from the match.

Australia led 79-48 with four minutes left in the third quarter when Philippines guard Roger Pogoy struck Chris Goulding with an elbow. "We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it", Basketball Australia chief executive Anthony Moore said.

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

There were ridiculous scenes to behold though, as one team official from the Philippines even threw a chair towards a group of grappling players.

Goulding was the player at the bottom of a pile of Filipino players, officials and fans who unleashed on him after an elbow to Goulding - and a subsequent retaliatory elbow from teammate Daniel Kickert to a Filipino player - kicked off the melee. "We will wait for the referee's decision, but please I would like us to respect the game".

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Roque claimed that the fight between the two teams was probably the worst he has seen in Philippine sports.

"You can not expect to do that to a team five times and not expect there to be retaliation".

In what was just his second game for his national team, Maker contributed eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes, while Dellavedova also chipped in with nine points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds in 15 minutes. "We absolutely find that unacceptable".

Expect word on potential sanctions against Kickert, Maker, and the other Australian players in the days to come.

Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled in the aftermath of the incident.

Meanwhile, prior to the start of the game the Australian team released a statement regarding the "peeling" incident involving it a day before.