Players react to Gilas vs. Australia brawl

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2018 11:11 PM
Players react to Gilas vs. Australia brawl
The Gilas versus Australia FIBA World Cup Qualifier match was cut short because of a bench-clearing brawl that left 13 players ejected.

What was supposed to be a non-bearing FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers meeting between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia ended in infamy, as a massive brawl ultimately put a stop to the game, Monday evening at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. 

With Australia up 31 midway through the third quarter, things got physical between Gilas player RR Pogoy and Australian players Chris Goulding and Daniel Kickert, eventually erupting to a bench-clearing brawl that saw punches, kicks, water bottles, and even chairs get thrown. 

The incident, of course, became viral almost instantly. 

Andrew Bogut, and Australian former NBA player and national team member obviously wasn't pleased with the events that took place. 

Cameras caught a number of Gilas players, led by Marc Pingris, taking a selfie as the officials sorted things out. This didn't sit well with Bogut either. 

 Being the hosts, it certainly wasn't a good look on the Philippines' part, and a number of former Gilas players and current PBA players expressed their dismay as well. 

Christian Standhardinger, a former Gilas player himself, took to Twitter to stand up for his basketball brothers. 

Other members of the Philippine basketball community also took to Twitter to share their two cents. 

 

Even NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up Donovan Mitchell, who was in Manila just a few weeks ago, caught wind of the fiasco.

Thon Maker, a player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Australian National Team, was seen on camera attempting a flying kick on Gilas guard Terrence Romeo. 

Speaking of Romeo, the fan-favorite was unapologetic as he stood up for his Gilas teammates as well. 

In the end, 13 players were ejected, with nine of them coming from Gilas Pilipinas. 

The game continued, with Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo being the lone Gilas players not to be ejected. 

The game waa called eventually, with Australia winning 89-53. 

According to FIBA, disciplinary proceedings will be opened and decisions, and most likely sanctions will be handed out in the coming days. 

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