FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas

Paul Lintag on Jul 02, 2018 11:19 PM
FIBA: Boomers regret ugly brawl with Gilas Pilipinas
Late in the third period, a free for all broke out sparked by an incident involving RR Pogoy of the Philippines and Australia's Chris Goulding.

BOCAUE, BULACAN --- In the immediate aftermath of the ugly brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia Monday at the Philippine Arena here during the first round of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Australian Basketball Federation has released another statement.

Anthony Moore, the Chief Executive of Basketball Australia regrets what happened in the highly-anticipated match.

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

Late in the third period, a free for all broke out sparked by an incident involving the Philippines' RR Pogoy and Australia's Chris Goulding.

The Gilas bench was cleared as the Pinoys went after the Boomers.

After the dust settled, four Australians were ejected and Gilas lost nine players. The game continued until the Philippines only had Baser Amer eligible.

Australia ended up winning by default with the final score of 89-53.

[Related: FIBA WORLD CUP ASIAN QUALIFIERS: Gilas loses to Australia by default after fight-marred game]

"Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila," Moore said in the statement.

"We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it," he added.

FIBA is yet to release any official statement on the matter although initial word is that basketball's world governing body will review everything.

A decision should come out in the next couple of days.

“This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball," Moore said.

"We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down," he added.

 


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