Basketball Australia awaits penalties after brawl with Philippines

Basketball Australia awaits penalties after brawl with Philippines

Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova said he expected a hostile crowd at the Philippine Arena for Monday's FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier between Australia and the Philippines, but this probably wasn't what he had in mind.

Normally this kind of incident descends into little more than handbags but that wasn't the case on this occasion.

According to the Journal-Sentinel, a fight broke out in the middle of the third quarter of a blowout game; Australia was leading 79-48.

Boomer Daniel Kickert's retaliation on Pogoy sparked an all-in brawl which Fox Sports commentator Matt Russell described as "sickening", and which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects - including a chair - hurled at players.

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Most of the Philippines bench emptied onto the court as the brawl erupted, while no Australian bench players entered the fray. At the end of this we will await for the referees' decision.

A total of 13 players were tossed out in the Aussies' 89-53 default win - a game that did not even finish with the Filipinos not having enough players to field with 14 minutes left to play.

Australia's Nathan Sobey looked to be badly injured in the melee as commentators claimed it was perhaps the worst scenes seen since the infamous "Malice at the Palace".

The game was restarted despite the Philippines being left with only three players to take the court, with Fiba rules stating the game must continue unless a team only has a single player available.

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Anthony Moore, the chief executive of Basketball Australia, apologised to fans in a statement.

Australia's Thon Maker appeared to throw flying knees during the brawl.

The Australian national team issued an apology for its behavior soon after the game.

FIBA has opened disciplinary hearings as a result of the incident.

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