Mass brawl erupts at worldwide basketball match in Manila

FIBA Amer added to Gilas for Australia rematch

Australia's national basketball federation apologized for the massive brawl between its team and Gilas Pilipinas in the third quarter of Monday's FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers match at the Philippine Arena here.

The Philippines only had three eligible players remaining and two of them fouled out in quick succession, forcing officials to call the game with Australia leading 89-53.

A total of 13 players were ejected - nine from the Philippines along with Australia's Goulding, Kickert, Thon Maker and Nathan Sobey.

FIBA says a decision will be announced in the coming days.

The incident started when a player for the Philippines decked an Australian with almost four minutes left in the third quarter.

Wild brawl between Australia and Philippines basketball teams during World Cup qualifierBy Rusiate Baleilevuka Tuesday 03/07/2018The Philippines' Jason William jumps to punch Australia's Daniel Kickert.

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Former Chicago Bulls star Luc Longley has been praised for potentially saving the life of Boomer Chris Goulding during the vicious brawl between Australia and the Philippines last night.

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Also ejected were Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar and Carl Bryan Cruz.

"We find that absolutely unacceptable".

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

The incident started when Goulding, who scored a game-high 20 points, was felled when struck by Philippines guard Roger Pogoy off the ball. "We are hosting this game, and this is basketball".

Maker, who was playing for Australia, can be seen in footage of the fight launching himself in the air at members of the other team. The game continued but was brought to a halt as the local players deliberately fouled out.

Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled.

Chief Executive of Basketball Australia Anthony Moore duly issued an apology for his team's part in the fracas.

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