Australia Vs Philippines Basketball Game Erupts Into Violent Scuffle

The major brawl between players from Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas and Australia’s Boomers took place in the third quarter of the basketball game.


A game of basketball turned ugly when players from Philippines’ Gilas Pilipinas and Australia’s Boomers got involved in a massive brawl during the game.

Players from both the teams got in a fist fight exchanging punches, kicks and throwing chairs at each other during the a FIBA World Cup qualifier game.

The violent scuffle broke out in the third quarter of the game on Monday night at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

It all started with only four minutes remaining in the third quarter, when Roger Pogoy from the Philippines team shoved Australian basketball player Chris Goulding on the ground. At this point, the Boomers were already way ahead of the Gilas with a comfortable 79-48 lead.

Australian player Daniel Kickert rushed to Pogoy and elbowed him knocking him down on the floor after noticing the foul. However, as soon as Kickert shoved Pogoy down on the ground, the remaining Filipino players lost their temper.

They rained down punches at Kickert and pushed him out of the basketball court.

Then Thon Maker, who was playing for the Australian national team, joined in the brawl and tried to land a flying kick at Terrence Romeo of Gilas.

The madness came to an end after a minute when security intervened and separated both the team players who were viciously attacking each other.

Then an aggressive fan came forward and punched one of the Australian players, followed by another violent Philippine supporter, who was captured on video throwing a chair at a visiting player.

I just want to appeal to everybody to settle down. We’re hosting this game and this is basketball. Please respect the game and make our visitors feel safe in the arena,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio said, trying to calm down the crowd and players.

After the clash, a total of 13 players were expelled from the game. Nine were from Gilas and four from the Boomers team. 

This left the Gilas team with only three players to complete the remaining game. Two of the players, Fajardo and Norwood, fouled out intentionally and the referees were left with no option but to announce Australia as victorious with a score of 89-53.

Chot Reyes, the Filipino team coach defended his team after the brawl, saying, “I understand the disappointment,” he told reporters after the game. “I understand that some are embarrassed, but you don’t know what happened. You have to be in the team. You have to be in our circle to really understand what went down.”

Soon after the vicious brawl, the Gilas team was pictured taking a selfie, as if what they had done needed a celebration.


People on social media condemned the Filipino team’s actions.







Some users thought Filipino team was not wrong, because the Australians had apparently hurled racial slurs at them earlier and then elbowed one of their players.



The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took to social media announcing it was opening disciplinary proceedings against both teams.


“We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it. This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball. We apologize to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down,” stated Anthony Moore, the chief executive of Basketball Australia.

Later, Maker from Australia also apologized for his behavior.


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